The Vatican is taking advantage of smart technology to attract the younger generation with the newly launched Click to Pray e-Rosary.
The “Click to Pray e-Rosary” is a device targeted to young people as a tool to educate about praying the rosary, according to the Vatican News, the church’s official communication channel.
The e-Rosary is an “interactive, smart and app-driven wearable device that serves as a tool for learning how to pray the rosary for peace in the world.”
It can be worn as a bracelet and can be activated by making the sign of the cross. It is synchronized with a free app of the same name, which allows consumers to access a variety of religious audio guides, exclusive images, and personalized content of praying the Rosary.
GadgeTek Inc. (GTI) is behind the development of the Click to Pray e-rosary device, which is also a tech company dedicated to innovative lifestyle gadgets with operations spanning five continents around the globe.
“The wearable device is made up of 10 consecutive black agate and hematite rosary beads, plus a data-storing “smart cross,” The Vatican said. Once activated, the wearer can choose to pray the standard rosary, a contemplative rosary or a thematic rosary, which will be updated throughout the year. The device shows progress throughout each prayer and keeps track of each rosary completed.
Now, even the devout Catholics have their own version of the trendy smartwatches that are taking over most people today, especially those such as Apple’s Apple Watch, Samsung’s Galaxy Watch, or the Fitbit.
More importantly, the device that’s targeted for tech-savvy millennials is designed to help and educate how to pray the rosary in their preference, time, and purpose. The corresponding app even features health tracking info gleaned from the bracelet.
It’s on sale now for 99 euros ($110/£85).
While most people think that the Vatican is an institution void of technology, it actually is not. In recent times, the Vatican has engaged with social media and other forms of technology to help improve their day-to-day operations.
Notably, Pope Francis started his own Instagram account or the Vatican’s other social media presence such as the one over on Twitter.
In a less trendy move meant to save the Vatican’s priceless artwork for future generations, photographers spent 65 nights photographing every inch of the Sistine Chapel to aid in future restoration work — a project that resulted in more than 270,000 still photos.
The Vatican also launched its first iPhone app all the way back in 2008.
Source: Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network