Title: Integrated eRosary: design of a rosary application focusing on functionality

Authors: Takayuki Fujimoto

Addresses: Department of Information Sciences and Arts, Toyo University, 2100 Kujirai, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama, 350-8585, Japan

Abstract: In this paper, the authors aim to reproduce a software version of a rosary (eRosary) that is used for Christian worship. Various rosary applications have been released before. However, most of them are limited to assisting functions such as reciting prayers from the rosary and playing background music/displaying images to set the mood. It is difficult to suggest that these applications could entirely replace a standard rosary. A product that could substitute for an existing rosary has been released officially by the Roman Catholic Church, but there are still some challenging points: an extra device other than a smartphone is required, and the price is expensive. Therefore, in this paper, we propose and develop an application that can provide all of the necessary functions on the smartphone alone and replace the standard rosary in respect to practicability. The prototype application covers almost all the functions and needs required by rosary users. To the best of the author's knowledge, there is no such rosary application, and the novelty is extremely high.

Keywords: bible media informatics; eRosary; smartphone application; rosary; prayer application; devotion application.

DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2021.10043882

International Journal of Arts and Technology, 2021 Vol.13 No.4, pp.300 - 314

Received: 20 May 2021
Accepted: 10 Oct 2021

Published online: 18 Feb 2022 *

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