Ok, so I heart technology.

From as far back as I can remember, I have been a gadget geek. No two ways about it. The only techno-train I haven’t boarded is that of the BB, and that friends, has been a struggle. But I must say, that even the electronics’ lover in me was slightly weirded out by the latest in memorial gadgetry. The E-tomb.

This nifty device allows mourners to interact with the grave in what TechNewsDaily writer Stuart Fox calls “a perpetual chat room where loved ones and well-wishers can post reminiscences.”

Here’s how it works. Designed by Huang Jianbo, Zhao Ting, Wang Yushan, Ran Xiangfei & Mo Ran, the eTomb, which physically resembles any other tombstone, is equipped with an information-processing terminal that holds the digital remains of the deceased. With a mobile phone or any Bluetooth-enabled device, mourners access the stored information, which can be anything from Facebook pages to twitter feeds.

Ever concerned with our carbon footprint, its solar panels will ensure that the dead remain eco-friendly in the afterlife. If it is approved for production, the eTomb will surely give the grave-going experience a digital makeover. For one thing, it will certainly help mourners remember the deceased for what most of us social-media-loving-people are: over-sharing, narcissistic technophiles.

But joking aside, there is a more serious implication to this. As we ruminate and ponder over the best ways to remember our loved ones in this technological age, we have to recognise that the future of this concept design will ultimately lie, not with us, but squarely on the shoulders of the social networking sites, as it is their death policies which will determine just how much and what information can be bandied about. The only social networking site that probably won’t have to become embroiled in the fray? Well that’s easy…Foursquare.





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