Memorial Day is a time to remember the sacrifices of those who have given their lives in service to the military. In the age of technology, remembering fallen soldiers has taken on a new dimension in the form of QR codes.
The TransMedia Group, an independent public relations firm, believes that the codes can tell the story of that soldier’s life, becoming a sort of visual epitaph – or Tagitaph as TransMedia calls them. TransMedia believes that Microsoft Tags can play a role in honoring fallen servicemen and women as well.
Tom Madden, CEO of TransMedia, believes that the codes allow for a new level of depth that is unreachable through other mediums. Microsoft Tags fit into the idea because of their ability to incorporate pictures without sacrificing functionality. By using the Tags, a soldiers name and rank can be displayed on the Tag itself.
The idea is to link digital content to the codes. This content can be a video, pictures or prose. Those that scan the code with a smart phone will have access to this content. Madden is not the first to have such an idea. Graves in Japan and Washington already display QR codes for much the same purpose. However, this is the first time the codes have been suggested to be used in terms of honoring the sacrifice of the military.
Madden hopes that the Tagigraph will become popular as it is a new way to pay tribute to those that gave their lives in service.
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