The Vatican has just launched a click-and-pray “Smart Rosary”, which incorporates a “smart cross”, an electronic device in the shape of a cross made by Acer.
I swear, I checked the sources for an hour: the announcement comes from Vatican News and the device is really for sale on the website of the electronics company. The announcement defines eRosary as "a tool for learning to recite the Rosary for peace in the world".
The smart cross
It points to the frontiers of the digital world, the one inhabited by young people: eRosary "click to pray" is a technological tool that teaches people to pray, bringing together the best of the Church's spiritual tradition and the latest developments in technology.
10 grains of black agate and hematite, and a cross that stores the data.
eRosary incorporates a motion sensor that allows you to activate it by making the sign of the cross (no, seriously, where are the cameras? are you playing a joke on me? I don't recover). Once activated, the device allows you to choose between a standard Rosary, a contemplative one or other thematic variations that will be released year after year.
Once active, eRosary will record "progress in prayer" through the stations and mysteries that make up the well-known ritual.
The inevitable app
The data collected by the Electronic Rosary is also stored in a companion app (available for iOS and Android) which contains audio guides, images and customized content.
The device comes packaged with a wireless charging station and 4 days of use are guaranteed by 2 hours of charging. It's on sale on the Acer website for around $ 99.
To use the effective expression of a friend, I field against this initiative a huge deployment of MAYBE: on the one hand the initiative of Pope Francis is disruptive for the methods of implementation and for the communicative hype that accompanies it.