In a concept best described as outside the square (and beyond the grave) a stonemason in the UK has designed an iPad-integrated gravestone, enabling mourners to post photo, video and music tributes to deceased loved ones.
Branded ‘iTomb’, creator Ken Howe fashioned the tombstone from York stone, as part of a project for charity, as reported by The Sun. The iPad – inlaid into a stone slab – is powered using solar energy and comes with a protective cover to ward off the elements and theft.
While it might seem outlandish now, Howe believes the idea has legs and could lead the way in the future of tombstone designs:
“People are asking for more creative headstones”, Howe told The Sun.
“With a bit of tinkering it could become a viable headstone very easily.”
Website Gist Express agrees with Howe, suggesting touchscreens could be a replacement for tombstone engraving, or letters.
The iTomb follows a string of ‘out there’ designs inspired by Apple technology, including a fragrance depicting the scent of a newly purchased MacBook Pro; a Wi-Fi-enabled light bulb that can be installed and controlled using your iPhone; and an interactive ‘drumkit‘ accessory for iPad, to name a few.
Whatever will they think of next?