Do you want to live forever?

Do you want to live forever?Our lives have been revolutionised by all that is digital. So why not death too?

That’s the idea behind the digital tombstones created by Slovenian company BioEnergy Ltd.

The analogue epitaph is no more. Instead, the i-ternal tombstone (yes, they went there) displays your life on a screen, featuring everything from photos to music and videos.

Saso Radovanovic, head of BioEnergia, says: “The digital gravestone maintains these ordinary stories of ordinary people who lived and created the image of our places.”

So if you love your Facebook profile picture, whack that on your tombstone. Want to memorialise your hilarious tweet from 2011? Put it up there.

Go all out and have a video of you waving at your mourners from the grave.

Back from the dead

The bad news is that if you’re already freaked out by graveyards, these tombstones will only make you more frightened.

The i-ternal can play out clips of the voice of the deceased, so you could record screams and cries of ‘Help me!’ for your tombstone to really mess with people’s heads.

Cemeteries that were formerly havens of peace and quiet could become home to thousands of babbling voices.

But the computing professor working with the i-ternal team is keen to reassure grieving mourners that it is not part of the plan.

Instead, they’re working on an app that mourners can use, with headphones, to connect to the videos and messages on the tombstones.

Testing the tombstone

The company specialises in combining heritage and technology and has installed a prototype in a cemetery just outside a Slovenian city.

The 48-inch weatherproof and vandal-proof screen is the first digital tombstone in the world.

If the trial goes well, expect to see them infiltrate graveyards near you very soon.

The cost of eternal life

But commemorating your life in digital format comes at a price. An i-ternal tombstone will set you back €3,000 (£2,570).

Mr Radovanovic says: “When digital tombstones conserve and present thousands of these ordinary stories, they will essentially become the largest open book of the history of a place.”
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