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

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.

No, we’re not joking: this is a real gadget launched at a Vatican press conference whose specs include:

  • 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…

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