SOURCE: R.M. Barrows, Inc. Advertising

August 15, 2007 19:36 ET

Video Tombstones Might Make You Feel Like It's Halloween All Year-Round

BURLINGAME, CA--(Marketwire - August 15, 2007) - "It's only mid-August and Halloween items are already appearing in store windows. If you think it is a little too early for Halloween, wait until things like Video Tombstones start appearing in cemeteries on a regular basis. It will make you feel like it's Halloween all year-round," according to Robert Barrows, the inventor of a video tombstone called The Video Enhanced Gravemarker. (U.S. Patent #7,089,495.)

"The scary part is, who knows what kinds of things people might say from their video tombstones, and what if they say something that's not so nice about you? What can you do and whom can you sue?" he adds. "Worse yet, how can you collect?"

"Video tombstones will have some major impact on many aspects of our society," says Barrows. They will create some fascinating free speech issues about speech from "beyond the grave." They will change the way that history is told. They may also create changes in estate law so that people may have to specify that yes, they do, or no, they don't want a video tombstone. And if they don't make their own video prior to their death, will survivors be able to make a video obituary to be played in their tombstone, and will there be limits on the content?

"It will also create a whole new genre of storytelling, perfect for books, film and TV," according to Barrows. While Barrows was working on his patent application, he also wrote a novel called "Cemetery of Lies." "'Cemetery of Lies' is a collection of intimate secret confessions, as told from beyond the grave, through video tombstones. The stories are about love and sex, good and evil, success and money, Heaven and Hell and truth and lies, with insights and advice about almost every aspect of our lives," according to Barrows.

"What kinds of secrets would you divulge for playback (or payback) after you are gone?" asks Barrows. "And if you knew you were going to die today, what kinds of things would you say from your video tombstone?" he asks.

That is what "Cemetery of Lies" is about. Publishers, literary agents and producers may request a copy of the manuscript by contacting Robert Barrows at R.M. Barrows, Inc. Advertising and Public Relations in Burlingame, California at 650-344-1951.

Realizing the ghoulish implications of the video tombstone, Barrows filed his patent application on the Video Enhanced Gravemarker on Halloween in 2002. A utility patent was issued on August 8, 2006. The patent has been assigned to R.M. Barrows, Inc.

The Video Enhanced Gravemarker is a video tombstone that will be able to deliver lengthy video content, with smooth transmission, in high quality, just like your home video equipment. People will be able to go into a graveyard, get (or rent) a remote control device from the cemetery office (or pick up a remote control device from a locked box at the tombstone itself), and be able to use the remote control device to operate the video equipment just like in their living room.

The tombstone can also contain a camera and microphone, so visitors to the grave can leave messages for future visitors to the grave. Companies that would be interested in acquiring the rights to manufacture or market the Video Enhanced Gravemarker should contact Robert Barrows at R.M. Barrows, Inc. Advertising and Public Relations at 205 Park Rd., #208 in Burlingame, California at 650-344-1951,

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    Robert Barrows
    R.M. Barrows, Inc. Advertising and Public Relations
    205 Park Rd., #208
    Burlingame, California