Secretive Company 21.co Releases First Bitcoin Miner With Native Hardware

Secretive Company 21.co Releases First Bitcoin Miner With Native Hardware

The bitcoin-oriented 21.co has come out with their first product: a bitcoin-mining machine with original, native hardware and software.
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A secretive bitcoin-related computer company called 21.co has released its first product: a bitcoin miner, i.e., a Raspberry Pi 2 connected to a Bitcoin mining rig.

For those who are uninitiated with the world of bitcoin or the bitcoin market, here's a brief primer on bitcoin mining, according to the appropriately-named website Bitcoin Mining:

"With bitcoin, miners use special software to solve math problems and are issued a certain number of bitcoins in exchange. This provides a smart way to issue the currency and also creates an incentive for more people to mine."Â

This, therefore, is what makes 21.co's product unique: it's designed specifically for a bitcoin miner or collector, and, according to 21.co, runs on native software with native hardware. Named the "21 Bitcoin Computer," the apparatus also touts a Wi-Fi adapter and a 128 GB SD card. The 21 Bitcoin Computer can also be compatibly connected to other systems, including Mac and PC computers.

The native software the bitcoin mining machine entails include a bitcoin chip (which streams searching data 24/7) and a server that lets the user barter and buy in bitcoin, among other things.

The ethic behind 21.co is the impetus for realizing the true potential of bitcoin.

"[21.co believes] that bitcoin isn't going to happen simply by dropping a line of Javascript into a webpage," as is written on the 21.co website. "Someone needs to build the full-stack infrastructure for bitcoin, from silicon to software."Â

The 21 Bitcoin Computer is now available for preorder at Amazon; systems run at $399 for purchase. As per 21.co's website FAQ, the computers will be shipped out to buyers on November 15, 2015.Â

Via Tech Crunch