Does praying burn calories? Here’s the pope’s $110 e-rosary

The Vatican continues to take nice pains to deliver Catholic religion into the fashionable period, and this week it’s remodeling the trustworthy rosary — adapting as we speak’s common health tracker thought right into a $110 bracelet that tracks your prayers.

No, we’re not joking: it is a actual gadget launched at a Vatican press convention whose specs embody:

  • Six-axis inertial sensing
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • IP67 water and dirt resistance
  • Wireless charging
  • a 15mAh lithium-ion battery
  • 10 black agate beads and 11 hematite beads

It’s principally an tailored health tracker, and it nonetheless doubles as a health 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 pc firm Acer, and pairs with an iOS or Android app you may obtain proper now.

Here’s one early assessment from the Google Play Store:

Good health tracker app. Helps me to work out frequently. Didn’t perceive how praying works although. Maybe wants some tutorials For now 4/5

It solely seems to be on the market by Amazon Italy or Acer’s Italian storefront, however the app is offered in English and Spanish in addition to Italian.

Remember when Pope Francis blessed an electrical racecar? Here are another attention-grabbing intersections between the Catholic Church and expertise:

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