Rosary prayer

Vatican launches smart rosaries that track your prayers

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What better way to compliment your $1,500 a pair ofShoes of Jesus” only with a eRosary hanging on your wrist? This week the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (a real thing) launched a new Bluetooth device that’s essentially a “smart rosary” that tracks how often you pray for peace on Earth. the eRosary is worn as a bracelet and is activated by making a sign of the cross. And, because you have to be both spiritually and good physical shapeIIt is also a fitness tracker.

The device is composed of 10 black grids and hematite rosaries, while the eRosary’s metal cross is where the device’s “intelligences” come into play. Once activated via cross signaling, a user can drag the corresponding “Click To Pray eRosary” app and choose to pray a standard rosary, a contemplative rosary or a thematic rosary. According to Vatican News, “once the prayer has begun, the smart rosary shows the user’s progress through the various mysteries and keeps track of each completed rosary.” There is also a visual and audio guide to explain the Rosary, if the spirit fails to enlighten you.

eRosary app reviews on google play and the Apple Store are positive, although a user named tomdoyle1948 seems concerned that “prayer privacy” is being breached due to an email sign-up requirement. The eRosary was designed by technology company GadgeTek, a division of Acer, and is priced at $109. It’s also packaged in a fake bible, which looks fake somehow. The eRosary is currently for sale only through Amazon Italy and Acer Italian Online Store.

It’s also worth noting that this isn’t the first time religion has blessed technology, as seen with the Catholic Pokemon Go! spin off, Follow JC Go!this time Pope Francis blesses an eScooterand this video of a preacher speaking in tongues while browsing his phone.