Sun Dial, a mobile application to alert muslims to prayer
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a mobile application known as Sun Dial, which alerts Muslim users when it’s time to perform the five daily prayers known as salat. The device is currently being discussed this week at the human-computer interaction conference, CHI, in Boston.
“We have to understand religion because it’s such a central part of peoples lives,” explained Susan Wyche, doctoral candidate in the College of Computing and GVU Center at Georgia Tech.
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– Download paper (“Sacred Imagery in Techno-Spiritual Design”)
The researchers have clearly been inspired by the excellent paper “No more SMS from Jesus: ubicomp, religion and techno-spiritual practices” by Intel researcher Genevieve Bell.
*Sigh*, “religious technology” is not an oxymoron. Consider this:
Was there some small voice in your head that said “I probably shouldn’t write this” when you made the snarky comment about “religious technology”?
Really, please just stick to your subject matter in the future.
The term “religious technology” is not mine, but a quote from the Science Daily story.