What is the 21 Bitcoin Computer?
The 21 Bitcoin Computer is the first computer with native hardware and software support for the Bitcoin protocol. That means the hardware to mine a stream of small amounts of bitcoin for development purposes, and the software to make that bitcoin useful for buying and selling digital goods.
Developers use the 21 Bitcoin Computer to quickly add Bitcoin-based monetization to any app, service, or device. Please note: the satoshis you mine provide a source of readily-available bitcoin for application development, but are not intended to be used for investment purposes.
The 21 Bitcoin Computer is ideal for buying and selling digital goods and services. You can use it to create bitcoin-payable APIs, set up your own personal digital goods store, pay people to share your content online, or host online games of skill. For example, you can provide translation services for bitcoin, sell your photos online, pay people to share links to your product on social media, or host a game of skill in which your friends win real money.
In terms of physical goods, you can also use the 21 Bitcoin Computer to rent out any Internet-accessible device on a per-use basis. So you can allow people to submit paid print jobs to printers and 3D printers for bitcoin. Or you can set up a smart lock that accepts bitcoin to open a door. Because the 21 Bitcoin Computer is a full computer, you can make essentially any Internet-accessible device Bitcoin-rentable.
Free, as in Free Market
The micropayments server built in to each 21 Bitcoin Computer allows true peer-to-peer commerce. Any buyer can now directly connect with any seller anywhere in the world. As such it’s a tool for both learning Bitcoin, and for becoming an entrepreneur by selling access to your digital goods and services for Bitcoin. If you can code it, you can sell it.