A French tech firm is selling a room heater that mines cryptocurrency.
Qarnot’s QC-1 is the first heater to utilise the high temperatures generated by the intense computing power of cryptomining.
The QC-1 mines cryptocurrencies with two graphics processors and is noiseless, the company claims.
A mobile app allows users to set up and personalise the QC-1 once connected to electricity and an internet network.
It costs €2,900 excluding VAT – but the bad news is they’re all sold out.
A company statement reads: “We estimate that a QC-1 can heat a 20qm room. Isolation and ceiling height are obviously factors to take into consideration as well.
“The QC-1 generates a high-quality soft heat – you need less power than with a more ‘classic’ electricity heater.”
The QC-1 crypto heater is an extension of Qarnot’s Q.rad computing heater, released in 2013.
The Q.rad uses heat from microprocessors in offices and other high-computing-intensity businesses to heat properties where it would otherwise be wasted.
The company says a major inspiration behind the project was reducing the environmental impact of cryptocurrencies.
The problem was recently highlighted by the news that Iran has offered a bounty to anyone who exposes the illegal mining of cryptocurrency.
Anyone who exposes people using state-subsidised power for mining digital currencies will be handed up to 20% of any cash recovered after prosecution, reports Iranian news outlet PressTV.
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