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Subject: Excerpt Of Todays History
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2004 21:07:39 EDT
"The dead could soon be speaking from the grave if an American inventor's
plan becomes reality.
Robert Barrows, of Burlingame, California has filed a patent application for
a video equipped tombstone that will display a video message from the grave's
If his patent is granted, Barrows hopes that when people make out their will,
they also leave a parting video with their lawyer.
The hollow, talking tombstone will include a flat touch screen and will house
a computer with a microchip memory or hard disc. It will be powered by
electricity from the cemetery's lighting system.
The plan will not be the first electronically enhanced tombstone. An American
company has a patent on a gravestone that will display photographs of the
deceased and tributes from friends.
But Barrows plan will go one step further by including contributions actually
from the deceased.
"Its history from the horses mouth, " he said."