Every now and then we run across a product that just inspires you to say “Okay but why” out loud.
Today’s product is the Click to Pray eRosary, a new product from the Vatican. No we don’t mean a company called Vatican, we’re talking about the independent state.
The Click to Pray eRosary is being billed as a “tool for learning how to pray the rosary for peace in the world”.
The wearable takes the form of a bracelet that is comprised of ten black agate beads and ten hematite beads. To start prayers, users will need to swipe the sign of the cross on the bracelet’s cross.
From here users are able to select a range of prayers to make including a standard rosary, a contemplative rosary and other thematic rosaries which will be added throughout the year. Users are guided through the rosary by the app.
The Vatican states that the eRosary “keeps track of each rosary completed” which makes it seem like the beads have some sort of sensor contain within but we’ve contacted Acer (the wearable is for sale through Acer’s Italian website at the moment) to see if it can tell us more.
Despite Acer acting as store front, the eRosary was created by GadgeTek.
Technically speaking the eRosary is IP67 water and dust resistant, supports Bluetooth 5.0 and houses a 15mAh battery. The Vatican claims a four day battery life on a two and a half hour wireless charge.
There is also a six-axis gyro sensor in there which allows the Click to Pray app to glean some health tracking information.
The eRosary will retail for €99 (~R1 626) while the Click to Pray app is available for free for both Android and Apple iOS.
As for who this is aimed at? The youngsters of course, as the Vatican explains:
“Aimed at the peripheral frontiers of the digital world where the young people dwell, the Click To Pray eRosary serves as a technology-based teaching tool to help young people pray the Rosary for peace and to contemplate the Gospel. The project brings together the best of the Church’s spiritual tradition and the latest advances of the technological world.”
We fully expect to see the Vatican launching a smartphone at MWC one of these days.