I am in the seminar school during summer time. I saw the prayer companion in MOMA last year, so I think it is a good chance to analyze its pros and cons. Reference: Note to God
Reading : Prayer Companion introduce
Prayer Companion is a device displaying a stream of information sourced from RSS news feeds and social networking sites. It is designed for elder and cloistered Catholic nuns to read the world news and decide possible praying direction. As a resource reminder for the nun’s prayer life, the device also implay that technology can attribute to make human think in spiritual scope. In the project, the device is designed especially for the special needs targets–elder nuns. The design group discuss four themes: the balance between openness and specificity in design, the importance of the system’s materiality, designing for older people, and the potential for computation to serve spirituality relatively directly. Through the ten-months-engagement with users, the report indicates that the device plays a significant role for the users.
This is an application concept. For the beginner and those who are weak in faith, it is hard to talk to someone who is invisible. “Praying to God is actually the same as talking to your lover. You treat Him as a real person” said P. Joshua, the head leader senior pastor in Providence. So, effective communication is very important. Praying to God first, then it will become faith.
From the contents of prayer companion, I think there is some part that require improvement. Praying normally requires absolute concentration and longer hours, the digital device is hard to provide information that can help spiritual growth. Thus, for nuns themselves, the device is limited to certain degree. Reading newspaper can provide a similar effects. The common praying problem including:
1. Asperin prayer- only pray when facing trouble.
2. Unable to concentrate – forget what he/she had said after a couple days, weeks, and months.
3. Forget the praying condition- unable to set long term praying condition
4. pray in form -not sincere but like a habitual behavior.
5. praying topic too general – hard to be sincere
The application needs to be able to solve those situations. This application allows Christian to talk to God in physically way. The content is basically decided by users themselves. Of course, users will not hear real voice as responses to prevent any misunderstanding and misuse of the program. In most cases, Christian found response through realization and inspiration. So the application basically record the prayer content for future reference.
- Set praying time and the phone will ring
- User can call at anytime
- Conversation is recorded for review and improvement
- Secrecy remains
- Scripture allows for search and reference
Calender and time setting:
Right now, the application is like a recorder but have a phone GUI to create the effects. Whether those content is sharable should be decided by user themselves. Privacy is important in such cases. For the behavior changing and result requires further observation on test users.