Taiwanese technology company Acer has manufactured Buddhist prayer accounts that can help keep track of recited mantras. The accounts have an intelligent chip that records the number of times a mantra is repeated and displays the number in a smartphone application. (The chip detects how many times a user has rotated the accounts through his hand, each rotation marks a mantra).
It is estimated that Buddhism is practiced by about a third of Taiwan's population, according to data from the 2005 CIA World Factbook, making it the most popular religion in Taiwan. Therefore, there are enough people who could use an application to help count how many mantras they recited.
According to reports, the accounts also have the ability to add future functions, such as electronic payments or obtain discounts at Buddhist stores and restaurants.
Until now, the accounts will only be available in Taiwan. It is scheduled to be launched in mid-March for a list price of $ 3,888 NTD ($ 132.78 USD). We communicate with Acer so they can comment.