Bitcoin startup 21 Inc. is releasing its first ever consumer product – a tiny, Linux-operated computer that is both a bitcoin miner and allows users to buy, sell and rent products for Bitcoin.
21 Inc. has developed a diminutive $400 computer that is equipped with a WiFi adapter, a 128 GB SD card that includes the factory-installed copy of the Bitcoin blockchain and a custom version of Linux, the 21 Bitcoin OS, preinstalled.
It also features a custom energy-efficient mining chip built-in to the device and a micropayments server. 21 Inc. has already developed a mining chip for smartphones, called the 21 BitShare.
In the FAQ section of 21’s website, the startup is clear about their intentions with their invention.
The 21 Bitcoin Computer is the first computer with native hardware and software support for the Bitcoin protocol.
The small Bitcoin computer can be used as a standalone machine and can be attached to a computer running Windows, Linux or Mac over USB.