Thursday, July 08, 2004

"I told you I was sick!"

Remember those secrets that I said I would take to my grave? Well, you might want to make a new deal.

BBC - A US inventor has come up with a hi-tech way of allowing the deceased to talk from beyond the grave - by fixing video screens to their tombstones. Robert Barrows says people could leave video messages before they died, to be played to friends, loved ones or the just plain curious from the grave side. He told the BBC that messages could include telling life stories or having the final say on a disagreement.

Mr Barrows, of Burlingame, California, has filed a patent application for his design of a tombstone that can accommodate video equipment operated by a remote control.

"You can go from grave to grave and click on anything that person wanted to say before they died," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Messages could include telling your side of the story, making amends or saying "sweet things to loved ones", he added.

"There's no business like showbusiness," he told Today. "Imagine how interesting it would to go to tombstones where you didn't know the person, or historical tombstones to find out what someone had to say..."

He said computer equipment could also be installed in the tombstone that connected up to the internet, enabling people to programme their messages to be delivered long after they have died.

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