The Catholic Church is taking a page out of Silicon Valley’s playbook: inventing gadgets in hopes of attracting devoted followers.
The Click to Pray eRosary is a smart wearable device from the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, a Vatican organization that mobilizes Catholics to “address the challenges facing humanity” through prayer.
Users can activate the eRosary by making the sign of the cross.
The wearable device comes with an app that guides users through the Rosary prayer and collects health data.
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It is made of 10 black agate and hematite beads and is attached to a smart cross that stores data from an iOS and Android app of the same name. The device and app also collect step, calorie and distance data – effectively functioning as a fitness tracker.
Users can choose from several Rosary programs.
“Once the prayer begins, the smart rosary shows the user’s progress through the various mysteries and keeps track of each completed rosary,” the statement explains.
The app provides guidance throughout the prayer process with music, narration, images, and personalized content. It also tracks the number of rosaries the user has completed and their total prayer time.
The Click to Pray eRosary is priced at 99 euros (about $109) and is available for pre-order on Amazon’s Italian site, Amazon.it.