A team of Amsterdam, Netherlands-based entrepreneurs has introduced the ChainBot, a stand-alone bitcoin full node that can perform several tasks simultaneously while protecting and supporting the main bitcoin network and technology. Besides being a bitcoin node, the ChainBot is also a P2Pool node, a Namecoin node, an Ethereum-ready device and more. The ChainBot is now available in two editions: ChainBot HD-v1 and HD-v1 LIGHT.
“The idea of the ChainBot as a hardware decentralizer device came up during the end of 2013 while talking with a close friend of mine,” Angel Malecore, CEO of ChainBot HD, told CCN.
“Then, after a lot of researches, talks and works, at Bitcoin 2014 I had the pleasure and the opportunity to introduce the ChainBot Project, as well as a raw prototype, to many actors and members of our crypto community and ecosystem. In July 2014, the first fully working prototype of a ChainBot was ready.”
Mission: Foster Growth
The ChainBot Project mission is to foster the evolution and the positive growth of new generations of decentralized systems, organizations, solutions, interactions and technologies based on the block chain protocols, peer-to-peer application frameworks, encryption systems, distributed computing, distributed consensus and smart contracts, Malecore said.
“The ChainBot Project is powered by our passion, curiosity, commitment. It takes also its energies from our strong belief in the decentralization and the block chain technologies as something really exciting and revolutionary, that is radically changing the way we perceive the world and we interact with the things and with each other. Technologies that are enabling, from scratch, a completely new and astonishing universe of possibilities and which should be better called ‘new forms of life.’”
The ChainBot Project will take care of the bodies for the new generations of “soul-codes” until they will be able to become completely autonomous, Malecore said.
An example of a “soul code” is the bitcoin protocol that, since its inception with the whitepaper, has also enabled a completely new universe and ecosystem that is continuously evolving. The Ethereum protocol is another example of a soul code.
Public launch begins
At present, only the few ChainBots are active. “We are publicly launching the ChainBot Project with the HD-v1 and HD-v1 Light editions during these days,” Malecore told us. “The first devices will be shipped to our customers starting from the coming weeks. ChainBots are currently available on our website, we are also looking for resellers and business partners.”
While the ChainBot can concurrently perform several resource-intensive tasks, it is also intended for non-professional users and beginners. The ChainBot doesn’t require active management for normal functioning and it can also be a platform for learning, experimenting or to start supporting the bitcoin network as well as decentralized and peer-to-peer technologies.
“Everyone is welcome to run a ChainBot!”
To run a ChainBot, a user needs an Internet connection. After plugging the ChainBot on the router, the ChainBot will display relevant data and information via its built-in screen (where present), via a webpage accessible with a browser and via console, Malecore explained. It is also possible to connect an external monitor to the ChainBot’s full HD HDMI output and to use it as a desktop workstation.
Besides the standard configuration, the user can enable or disable ChainBot features (P2Pool node, Namecoin node, etc.) with simple commands. At the same time, the ChainBot can be expanded with new features and can be updated/upgraded/recovered without touching the data partitions where the block chains are stored.
The ChainBot uses a dedicated eMMC module as main OS memory that allows the user to change, recover or upgrade the main system and to come back online in a matter of minutes without the need to re-download the block chains or other data. The ChainBot OS images will be available for download and can be copied on the eMMc module by using the microSD adapter included with each ChainBot.
The ChainBot supports other digital currencies and “platforms” like Ethereum. Each ChainBot can expand with new features and can be set up with different configurations in a matter of minutes by installing a new ChainBot OS image that the user would prefer instead of the standard one.
Two versions available
The ChainBot HD-v1 and HD-v1 Light have the same hardware and software. The ChainBot HD-v1 has a complete set of accessories and components that also includes a built-in screen, a data memory, a wifi card and more. The ChainBot HD-v1 Light is equipped only with the essential components, and it results in a more “flexible” solution for some users.
ChainBot HD provides direct customer service and support. The company will release instructions, references, documentation, sources and guides on its website. The design of the ChainBot allows the user to start over in minutes and without losing data by following a few steps and copying a ChainBot OS image to their device memory card module.
For information, visit https://ChainBot.com.