Designing an Interactive Gravestone Display

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HCI research surrounding death has largely focused to an individual's digital remains, with relatively less attention paid to physical memorials, such as graves. We present a prototype interactive gravestone, which aims to blend in seamlessly with traditional stone gravestones. Based on RFID cards inserted into the gravestone, different content is displayed on the gravestone surface. We evaluated the concept though a focus group exploring different types of content displayed on the gravestone, ranging from an individual name, to photographs and an interactive visitors book. Our salient findings show the concept was positively received as a memorial, when designed to match with the dignity of the context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerDis '19
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 8th ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays
EditorsJessica R. Cauchard, Vito Gentile
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-6751-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays - Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Jun 20205 Jun 2020
Conference number: 9

Publication series

SeriesProceedings - Pervasive Displays 2019 - 8th ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays, PerDis 2019


ConferenceACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays
Abbreviated titlePerDis '19
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • cemetery, cultural heritage, death, family histories, graveyard, pervasive displays, remembrance, user experience

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design

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