by: Idris Mootee
Innovation is everywhere and I see the coming convergence of religions
and new consumer experience. Malaysian car maker Proton announced that
they will team up with manufacturers in Iran and Turkey to create the
first Muslim car. The car could boast special features like a compass
pointing to Mecca and a dedicated space to keep a copy of the Koran and
a headscarf. I think Volkswagen should create Muslim Beetle to compete.
The idea came during a visit to the Middle East by a delegation of
Malaysian politicians and businessmen. I think this is a great idea. There is a big market with unmet needs for Muslims across the world.
What after Muslim car? There is the Christian MP3 player so Christians now have a cool gadget that doesn't have sin written all over it. What about the Buddhist cell phone?
So what do you get? Special ring tones that are extracted from Mother
of Compassion which is a series of chants and praises to Kuan Yin, AKA
Tara in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. These ring tones will evoke the
presence of Kuan Yin for protection, blessings and good health. If if
you wish, you can get morning and evening chanting which provides
several traditional chants used at the beginning and end of the day. The more people call you, the more you feel better. And if money is no
issue, wait for the special edition Dalai Lama iPhone.
What's next? Let me guess. Shinto GPS, Rastafari iPods, Mormon
digital world language translator, Jewish laptops, Zoroastrianism
digital telescope. Any suggestions?