Viewlogy

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Viewlogy-Electronic Biographical Gravestone was the first commercially offered computerized memorial that could be installed into a gravestone or a cremation urn. First released in 1997 it was covered widely in the media [1] It also received wide national[which?] television coverage: [1]

Designed by Leif Technology Inc, Viewlogy consisted of a dedicated biographical computer that stored the life story and photographs of the deceased in digital format burned permanently into the ROM of the custom designed computer. Up to 200 pages of information could be stored and displayed on the LCD screen. People would submit life stories and photographs which would then be burnt permanently into the computer's memory such that the information could never be lost.

The unit was locked into a weatherproof stainless steel case with a lexan protective screen which was then placed into a gravestone. Versions of Viewlogy were also adapted for cremation urns and flush-to-ground bronze markers. The device was powered by a replaceable battery with ten years of expected life. A solar powered model was also planned. The cost of the device (and the cost to generate the biographical information) proved too high at the time for full production.

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  1. ^ (Wall Street Journal (March 16, 1998), Cleveland Plain Dealer (Jan 11, 1998), Popular Science (Nov 1997), Newsweek Mar 24, 1997), Time Magazine ( Nov 10, 1997), PBS, Forbes Magazine ( July 27, 1998) etc).