QC1 is the first cryptocurrency heater designed by the french computing company, qarnot. it claims to defray electric bill costs by passively mining ethereum (by default) and other cryptos of your choosing — bitcoin, litecoin — while toasting your room like an overused playstation.

cryptocurrency heater
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it’s intuitively designed user experience makes mining as difficult as it’s simple initial set up. for about 3,500 USD, you’ll have to do some math to decide if it’s a good investment. aside from all of that, it’s a sleek little black machine, topped with a clean midcentury-modern strip of wood and a scant amount of dotted, lit-up indicators. it’s all connected to an app.

cryptocurrency heater



the process of mining generates heat. a problematic amount of heat. like an over-inflamed part of the body, normally the solution is to bring the heat down with fans and other expensive cooling methods, but with QC1, qarnot has turned the unwanted inflammation into a well-marketed, passively positive feature — a heater for your home. 

cryptocurrency heater



it’s hard to say whether this is a computer that passively heats your home, or a heater that passively mines you a volatile, roughly estimated $120 of ether per month. but, in the end, both effects can be desirable, depending on the time, place, year, and market value. 

cryptocurrency heater

cryptocurrency heater

  • Using decay heat to heat a room is not at all a new concept. It’s about time someone makes a reasonable appliance to do just that. The fact that it helps you build value on your investment is very attractive. What I would like to see is what protections they offer against rogue governments like China, Russia and Iran with their military cyberthief forces. Those could make the investment side of the appliance a bit more risky.

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