It's Memorial Day in the US, the day we set aside to remember those who have served our country in the Armed Forces and especially those who died to protect our freedoms. There's a new free app named Tributopia: Mapping Our Memories from documentary film makers Open Eye Pictures that is designed to let you remember others who are gone, both today and on any other day.
Tributopia provides a permanent way for people to see and share memories about celebrities and others who have passed away. Launching the app displays a grid of images; today's showed everyone from Steve Jobs to Dennis Hopper, with birth and death dates, cause of death, the age that the person passed, and a photo. In the case of Hopper, there's even an address for the cemetery in which he is buried in Rancho de Taos, NM. Think of Tributopia as an online version of those roadside memorials that dot the highways of our country, and you've got the idea.
The people who show up in Tributopia don't necessarily have to be famous celebrities. You can create an entry for anyone you wish to remember. If you supply a location for a place of tribute, that shows up in an augmented reality feature that shows you where tributes are in relation to your current location. That feature is a bit empty right now, but should fill in as more people use the app to remember friends, family, and celebrities.
We miss you, Mack...