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Shalom! Google Glass App Will Make You a Better Jew

This would have been really helpful back when I had to do that Bat Mitzvah thing.
JewGlass, please direct me to this. Now.

JewGlass, please direct me to this. Now.

Just in time for the high holidays, New York app developers have devised JewGlass: the Google Glass app that won’t let you miss a prayer. Or a kosher deli.

“By pushing contextual, geographic-aware, and time sensitive data directly into your line of vision – JewGlass can help you remember things such as prayer time deadlines, where to find kosher eateries, what or what not to say while praying in synagogue and Shabbat start or end times,” reads the description of JewGlass on RustyBrick’s site. “This is just the beginning, the practical applications are endless.”

Will it go back and do my Bat Mitzvah Torah portion for me?

Here are a few ways JewGlass can help you integrate Judaism into your fast-paced, high-tech life:

  • It will give you “prayer reminders like never before”
  • “No prayer book (siddur) on hand? Don’t have access to your hands? No problem, the prayer will show up discreetly in the corner of your eye.”
  • “Have time to run to a synagogue but not sure where to find one? JewGlass will show you options of nearby synagogues!”
  • “It’s lunch time and JewGlass is here to make sure you don’t skip a meal. JewGlass tells you there are several nearby kosher eateries.”

In the past, ultra-orthodox Jews have spoken out against excessive Internet use; we wonder how they would react to sacred prayers popping up on religious Jews’ face computers?

“[We’ve] come up with revolutionary ideas on how to leverage this device to fundamentally change the way Jews think about observing Judaism,” says the RustyBrick website. We’ll be interested to see how this one plays out.

For now, all need is someone to direct me to the nearest bagel.

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