The Vatican continues to take great pains to bring Catholic faith into the modern era, and this week it’s transforming the faithful rosary — adapting today’s popular fitness tracker idea into a $110 bracelet that tracks your prayers.
- Six-axis inertial sensing
- Bluetooth 5.0
- IP67 water and dust resistance
- Wireless charging
- a 15mAh lithium-ion battery
- 10 black agate beads and 11 hematite beads
It’s basically an adapted fitness tracker, and it still doubles as a fitness tracker, too:
“Once the prayer begins, the smart rosary shows the user’s progress throughout the different mysteries and keeps track of each rosary completed,” writes Vatican News. It was designed by GadgeTek, a division of computer company Acer, and pairs with an iOS or Android app you can download right now.
Here’s one early review from the Google Play Store:
Good fitness tracker app. Helps me to work out regularly. Didn’t understand how praying works though. Maybe needs some tutorials For now 4/5
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