500 years after Martin Luther headed off the Protestant Reformation by nailing his 95 Theses to the door of a church in the town of Wittenberg, the very same town has now debuted a new reformation with the ‘BlessU-2’, a robo priest to heal the spiritual soul.
The robotic creature isn’t the most sophisticated bot out there, but it might be the holiest, having been made by the Evangelical Church in Hesse and Nassau. ‘BlessU-2’ is nothing more than a metal box with hands beaming with light and simplistic facial features housing a touch screen display that waits for people to request prayer.
Sound familiar? The ‘BlessU-2’ has quite a bit in common with the ‘prayer booth’ housed in the Stuttgart airport.
To get the prayer session started, users choose a gender for the robot before asking for the prayer they need the most. In a showy fashion, the robot’s arms are lifted to the heavens and its hands begin to glow as the prayer is ‘passed down’ by God. Just to make sure your prayer was Godly, the robot offers to print out a prayer receipt.
Check the ‘BlessU-2’ robot in action below.