Rusty Brick

A Jewish Vision For Google Glass

How can you make Google Glass Jewish? Video blogger Aaron Herman spoke with Barry Schwartz of Rusty Brick about leveraging Glass to fundamentally change the way Jews think about observing Judaism.

 

From Turntable To iPad: B'nai Mitzvah Prep Today

In the Coen Brother’s movie “A Serious Man,” we see young Danny practicing for his bar mitzvah by listening to the cantor’s rendition of it on his record player. That scene was undoubtedly sentimental for Jewish men of a certain age who prepared for their bar mitzvah by keying up the phonograph in their parents’ living room.

B'nai Mitzvah training technology has changed, even if the text hasn't. Rabbi Jason Miller

Envisioning Jewish Applications For Google Glass

More people are beginning to hear about Google Glass, and it has lots of potential for both Jewish practice and outreach. They function much like a SmartPhone except there is nothing to hold. Glass responds to voice commands; the user can also activate the device by swiping the right temple. If you want to take a photo, simply say “Okay Glass, take a picture.” While walking around, it’s easy to request and view directions or get an answer to a quick question.

Laying tefilin with the help of Google Glass. Photo courtesy Rabbi Jason Miller

Technology And Jewish Education

Video blogger Aaron Herman takes a look at the Bedtime Shema app for Android and Apple created by Rusty Brick founders Ronnie and Barry Schwartz in memory of their mother.

What Are the Top Jewish Apps?

The Orthodox Union (OU) has just released a new mobile app that will be helpful for those seeking knowledge on what food products are kosher for Passover. The new app allows the user to enter any food item or product to gather all of the kosher information including if the certification is up to date.

I would certainly add this helpful utility app to the listing of the best Jewish apps that I recently published here on The Jewish Week website and in a special "Looking Ahead Looking Back" supplement. Here is the article:

The OU launches new kosher app in time for Passover preparations and the 2011's best mobile apps

Passover Videos and Apps

Passover is just about here and this year has seen more holiday themed videos and apps than ever before.

Even iPhone apps have entered the Passover preparation business
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