From designers Huang Jianbo, Zhao Ting, Wang Yushan, Ran Xiangfei & Mo Ran comes an option for the electronically obsessed and recently deceased – the E-tomb.
We understand – we felt the same way when we stumbled upon this grave marker – slightly disturbed and yet ever so intrigued. So, to satisfy your morbid curiosity – hey, this is the Internet after all, and nothing is taboo – read on.
The idea behind the E-Tomb is that the information age has irrevocably changed the way that we communicate with the world, and things like status updates, “likes”, and tweets have become par for the course. When our information-addled brains finally stop functioning, its been postulated that we’d like something more than simply a stone marker to note our passing.
Evolution: seem scientifically viable.
There has already been a push for “greener” burials as typical cemetery plots become valuable land, and things like RFID tags on graves (or in place of them) have started to emerge. The E-Tomb resembles a typical tombstone, with the cross in the center standing in as a Bluetooth key, and the curved top edge housing a solar panel and protective covering.
The E-Tomb itself would store electronic data that the deceased found relevant – things like Facebook pages and Blogs as well as photos and videos. Friends and family members coming to visit could wirelessly access this information to help remember the deceased and enjoy aspects of their lives that that they took the most joy in.
We’d imagine that an ability to add information or other photos to the E-Tombs data base would be on the horizon, along with a number of different models to suit those of different faiths.
So, at the end of the day (or road, as the case may be) this idea stacks up as both creepy and interesting, but doesn’t come free of issues. The first is price – a standard stone slab would cost significantly less than this electronic option, and the second is potential vandalism. Wrecking things in cemeteries has been a pastime of idiot teenagers around the world for years, and this type of electronic gadgetry would represent the holy grail of smashable objects.
Though the E-tomb comes from a very interesting designer head-space, the truth of matter is that they may be right. Large portions of our lives are now lived electronically rather than physically, and information given out to the global web is effectively immortal, and in many cases may represent the best overall picture of a life.
If nothing else, widely adopted E-tombs would give us plenty of advance warning about a Zombie invasion.
Brains: 2,000,000 corpses “like” this.
Source: Yanko Design