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September 02, 2011, 12:53:02 AM
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Somebody needs to develop a hardware device whose only purpose in life is to connect to a network and send/receive/store bitcoins.  Don't cha think?
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September 02, 2011, 12:54:43 AM
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FPGA boards?

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September 02, 2011, 12:56:27 AM
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lawl

how about you do it then?

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September 02, 2011, 01:29:02 AM
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No offense, but this idea is like the first things you think about when "making a product about bitcoin".
Yeah it's gonna come but that isn't something somebody would invest their money in right now, but when it will be feasible there will be plenty of such devices & competition will be huge. But this gonna take time probably after the second hype cycle when it becomes clear that client on smartphones are as insecure as online-wallets.

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September 02, 2011, 03:23:45 AM
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Dual FPGA X6500
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September 02, 2011, 03:39:33 AM
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I don't mean a miner.

Something to transfer and store bitcoins.  A little gizmo with wifi or satellite connection that can safely do btc transactions and nothing else.


you can do this now with an android device, an unused phone for example.  without cell phone service you just can't make calls, apps still work fine via wifi and there is already a functional bitcoin wallet for android
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September 02, 2011, 03:43:24 AM
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Right On Johnny, good thinking.

I don't mean a miner.

Something to transfer and store bitcoins.  A little gizmo with wifi or satellite connection that can safely do btc transactions and nothing else.


you can do this now with an android device, an unused phone for example.  without cell phone service you just can't make calls, apps still work fine via wifi and there is already a functional bitcoin wallet for android

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September 02, 2011, 03:43:44 AM
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See here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=34200.0 and one project here http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=24852.0
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September 02, 2011, 03:44:28 AM
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The Raspberry Pi or plug computers might be suitable for this.

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September 02, 2011, 04:48:26 AM
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Somebody needs to develop a hardware device whose only purpose in life is to connect to a network and send/receive/store bitcoins.  Don't cha think?

Apocalypse-proof solid state Bitcoin wallets nodes could solve our Internet dependency, e.g. https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=8540.0

There are some ideas for utilizing a mesh network for Bitcoin if you search the forums. I even remember someone talking about using Bitcoin to pay fees automatically for long-range high-bandwidth connections. I had an idea to pay the node device owners as well but didn't have time to draft yet. Wink
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September 03, 2011, 01:34:10 AM
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Depending on the risk tolerance, these will vary from air gap-only dedicated systems to hybrid ewallet services like BitcoinJS / Webcoin.

A bootable USB configuration with any old PC seems to be a decent solution at this point.
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=36663.0
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September 04, 2011, 09:56:18 PM
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What about those prepaid sim cards? You can even get them for free with some carriers.

The flash rom on there could be used to store the wallet, should be fairly easy to develop something like this, it wouldn't be apocalypse proof but it would provide enough privacy for regular use and could even utilize tor.

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September 04, 2011, 10:00:37 PM
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you can use a WiFi tablet, if you want
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September 06, 2011, 08:56:45 PM
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you can do this now with an android device, an unused phone for example.  without cell phone service you just can't make calls, apps still work fine via wifi and there is already a functional bitcoin wallet for android
Do you have an idea which Android device is ideal for this?

Which device is the most 'bare-bones'?

It will ONLY be used for btc transactions and storage.


this one looks good - a wi-fi only android "smartphone", but with no phone components included so its sort of an android mini-tablet
http://www.gadgetking.com/2011/09/06/samsung-set-to-release-wi-fi-only-galaxy-s-3-6/
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September 06, 2011, 10:32:42 PM
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Android Tablet with a App designed for this would probably be the best. With Apple it would get taken off the marketplace in a heartbeat.
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September 06, 2011, 11:39:28 PM
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this one looks good - a wi-fi only android "smartphone", but with no phone components included so its sort of an android mini-tablet
http://www.gadgetking.com/2011/09/06/samsung-set-to-release-wi-fi-only-galaxy-s-3-6/
Until somebody makes a bitcoin-only device, thats perfect!

I wonder if one of them camera memory cards that connect to WiFi to upload your pictures automatically can be re-engineered.
A literal wallet device with an RF scanner that can read the new bar codes so users wont need to type in the btc address just point, scan, give a number to send and click.

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September 06, 2011, 11:49:30 PM
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I'm still rooting for a Bitcoin Watch  Cool
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September 07, 2011, 12:09:37 AM
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BitCyanide capsule. Communicates with MtGox servers via wireless internet connection. Kept in the mouth at all time, with optional suppository version. When the price drops below a certain value - Say, $0.1 -  it releases the contents and you die quickly and painlessly. This will let thousands of spergs avoid the shame of admitting that bitcoin was a worthless ponzi scam all along and not the currency of the futureTM

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September 07, 2011, 03:17:23 AM
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I'm still rooting for a Bitcoin Watch  Cool

Neat
http://www.wimm.com/platform-approach.html

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September 07, 2011, 11:43:59 PM
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You should check out this thread about creating a Bootable USB Wallet.  Basically, you plug it into your computer and you boot up into a different operating system which is isolated from the normal one the machine runs (read: secure).  You can plug this USB into any machine, yours or a friends, or a public terminal, restart, and it works the same.  I haven't used it, but it looks like a step in the right direction.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=36663.0
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