21 Inc announced the release of a new kind of computer with native hardware and software support for the bitcoin protocol. Earlier this year the company attracted $116 million investments.

According to the press release, the new computer has specialised software based on Linux OS and directly supporting bitcoin operations.

“For example, you can use the 21 Bitcoin Computer to instantly mine Bitcoin from the command line; sell API calls for Bitcoin, like English-to-Chinese translation or file conversion; set up your own personal iTunes-like digital goods store; reward peers for posting your links on social media.”

The designers installed within the 21 a mining chip and a micropayments server accessible through the command line interface.

“You can leave it plugged into the wall to provide a steady stream of Bitcoin for an existing Mac, Windows, or Linux machine. We’ve bundled everything you need to get started, including a WiFi adapter, RPi 2, power supply, USB-to-laptop cable, and 128GB SD card. And for those interested in the security of the Bitcoin network, you can even use the 21 Bitcoin Computer as a full node, as it comes with a factory-installed copy of the Blockchain,” says the company.

21 Inc is famous for its ability to create the atmosphere of mystery and sensation. The Wall Street Journal once called it “a secretive bitcoin company”. For some time 21 Inc only agreed to show their projects to potential investors. As CoinFox reported earlier, last March 21 Inc managed to get more than $116 million from Andreessen Horowitz, Data Collective, Khosla Ventures, RRE Ventures, Yuan Capitals and others. In the April 2015 the company announced their plans to insert bitcoin mining chip “into every iron”. Bitcoin community reacted with some skepticism, but many like the startup for their skills in attracting both money and attention.


Roman Korizky