The Vatican continues to take great pains to bring the Catholic faith into the modern age, and this week it’s transforming the Faithful Rosary – adapting today’s popular idea of fitness tracking into a 110 wristband. $ that follows your prayers.
No, we’re not kidding: this is a real gimmick launched at a Vatican press conference whose features include:
- Six-axis inertial sensing
- Bluetooth 5.0
- IP67 water and dust resistance
- Wireless charging
- a 15 mAh lithium-ion battery
- 10 black agate beads and 11 hematite beads
It’s basically a fit fitness tracker, and it doubles as a fitness tracker too:
“Once the prayer begins, the smart rosary shows the user’s progress through the various mysteries and keeps track of each rosary completed,” writes Vatican News. It was designed by GadgeTek, a division of computer company Acer, and comes together with an iOS or Android app that you can download right now.
Here is a first review from the Google Play Store:
Good fitness tracker app. Helps me train regularly. I didn’t understand how prayer works. Might need some tutorials For now 4/5
It only appears to be on sale through Amazon Italy or Acer’s Italian storefront, but the app is available in English and Spanish as well as Italian.
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