Lightning+Powered E Bike Showcases Crypto’s Abilities

German Bitcoin fanatic Matthias Steinig has created an e-bike that accepts payments via Lightning community. The motorbike is a quite fashionable model, with an electronic conversion package retrofitted. The battery for the e-motorbike powers a Raspberry Pi controller with an e-Ink show to maintain electricity intake low – because the writersays that the largest drain on strength is the USB modem/network card essential for Lightning communication.

both on his GitHub, a software program improvement platform, and in a tweeted video, Steinig explains how to use the motorbike: “You select on the display how lengthy you need to force, get a QR code that you test and pay for with yourLightning mobile app, after that the power for the selected period is became on. The special approximately this deviceit is cellular, the verbal exchange is found out via the cellular network and the power comes from the battery of the e-motorcycle.”

The video in his tweet suggests the sensible aspect of this. The motorcycle prices 250 satoshis (BTC zero.00000250 or USD zero.016) according to minute, and once the QR code is generated, you have 60 seconds to pay the usage of your Lightning app. once the fee is made, the system powers on and you’re unfastened to experience round for the selected time. As Steinig explains, “After the stop of the paid time, the machine switches off and the electricity deliver is interrupted – of path you could hold drivinghowever only with muscle power.”


While the community likes the innovation, it would be a surprise if people didn’t crack a few jokes on the topic. “Looks on-chain to me,” says Reddit user u/kattbilder. “Proof of cables,” tweeted user @milancheck. Others point out that this is still very much only Proof of Concept: for example, the controller only limits access to the e-bike functionality. At the end of your time period, or indeed without using the Lightning Network payment system at all, you can still ride off with the bike using pedal power.

Still, there are those that see the silver lining. As Twitter user @barryhackamac says, “Would be so nice to use this as a tourist and not have to set up some locally specific app with foreign exchange commissions etc.” User @daggeroflight11 tweets, “It’s things like this that will bring mass adoption. Not ETFs. Not Wall Street. Smart motivated people finding use cases and running with them. Great work!”

Meanwhile, smart and motivated people are building other great things that might help cryptocurrency adoption. For example, in September, a group of developers have completed the first off-grid cryptocurrency transaction using blockchain and shortwave radios as well as solar power. In other words, they have found a way to send crypto in times of disasters.


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