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London - In need of a little spiritual reflection? Then try the Pray-o-mat. Converted from an old photo booth, its users can touch the screen inside to listen to one of up to 300 recorded prayers and incantations in 65 languages.
As well as the Lord’s Prayer, there are Buddhist and Islamic benedictions, the solemn chanting of an orthodox Jewish congregation, Aborigine devotional songs, and even prayers in Scientology and Voodoo. The device is free, but users can make a ‘donation’ in a slot if they wish.
It has been installed alongside vending machines at Manchester University as part of a £500 000 research project into prayer rooms and ‘multi-faith spaces’.
Project leader Dr Ralf Brand said: ‘Though the Pray-o-mat is a bit tongue in cheek, there is a serious message. Successful multi-faith spaces do not need to be flashy or expensive. In many places a small, clean and largely unadorned space can serve adequately.’ - Daily Mail