'Buddha phone' launches, plays Nirvana

A single tap of the phone's dedicated lotus-leaf button will load a private, customizable, animated altar. The idea is to let Buddhists perform their dedications and rituals conveniently when away from home.

Buddha phone
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MP3 playback? Check. Two cameras? Check. Built-in mobile Buddhist altar? Che... Wait, WTF?!

You read correctly. The Odin 99 has landed on the streets of China, and a single tap of the phone's dedicated lotus-leaf button will load a private, customizable, animated altar.

The idea is to allow Buddhists to perform their dedications and rituals conveniently when away from home. You can simulate incense burning and purification rites and play music to help you meditate wherever you happen to be.

Buddha phone
The Odin 99 comes bundled with a charm. Yamane Yasuhiro/CNET Japan

As far as our knowledge goes of inventions that seamlessly converge religion with phone calls, this takes the gold medal. Gold paint has been taken to the phone too, encrusting the otherwise conventional-looking device. Also interesting is that it comes with a metal Buddhist charm to be carried by the user, and two batteries--the extra one considered "a gift."

At first we were amused. But then came objective inquisitiveness: Would a Buddhist actually find this useful? CNET UK lacks a Buddhist writer to ask, and crowd-sourcing opinions on Twitter came up with nothing.

Before now, we've seen iPhone apps like digitalBlend's Buddha Box (iTunes link)--created by a Buddhist to aid on-the-go meditation--and its reviews are favorable. But no U.K. networks carry a phone with such religious undertones, and we don't believe it's a hotly requested feature.

Or is it? If you're Buddhist and would find a device like this useful, please let us know in the comments below. We're very eager to hear your opinions, as other readers will be too, no doubt.

(Source: Crave UK)

 

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