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August 11, 2013

JewGlass app released on Google Glass

The app aims to help Jews observe Judaism more efficiently.

By Duncan Macrae

New York-based app development company, RustyBrick, has released JewGlass – an app on Google Glass for Jews.

The app provides directions to nearby synagogues, reminds users about Shabbat start and end times and displays prayers on screen.

JewGlass can also scan religious texts and menus for Hebrew, which is then either translated on the Google Glass screen or played in audio for the user to repeat.

Barry Schwartz, Rusty Brick CEO, said: "By pushing contextual, geographic-aware, and time sensitive data directly into your line of vision, JewGlass can help you remember things such as prayer time deadlines, where to find kosher eateries, what or what not to say while praying in synagogue and Shabbat start or end times. This is just the beginning, the practical applications are endless."

"It’s not a way of bringing people closer to Judaism, but a way to help people who are already observing do it more efficiently."

RustyBrick was founded by brothers Barry and Ronnie Schwartz and has around 30 apps aimed at the Jewish market.

The company already offers an iPhone siddur (prayer book); a No Chametz app, which helps users get rid of all their leavened bread before Passover; and the aleph-bet app, to help users learn Hebrew.

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