The fabled Viennese fondness for fine funerals and “a schoene Leich” - a beautiful corpse - is about to get a modern twist. Digital technology is about to give Austrian gravestones the potential to speak across time by showing pictures and biographies of the people buried below.

All you need is a smartphone equipped with a scanner to read the so-called “quick response” (QR) codes, the square of squiggles already widely used in advertising campaigns to unlock a trove of information for the curious.

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