A startup company in France says it’s about to make the process of heating your home a source of revenue instead of a financial burden. Here’s a look at the QC1 from Qarnot, a stand-alone heater and cryptocurrency miner with two high end graphics cards inside.
The set up is simple enough – just plug in an ethernet cord and enter your wallet address of the coin you want to mine in the mobile app. You will receive 100% of the mining reward and Qarnot promises it won’t take a cut.
The company’s CEO Paul Benoit says they’ve successfully used their technology to heat six buildings at essentially zero cost.
“We leverage the heat generated by the CPU to heat buildings and deploy a drastically cheaper and greener cloud computing system. We deployed the first computing heater called the Q.rad as a heating source. With this system, we already heat six buildings for free in the Paris area.
Our computing power will grow exponentially. Today we operate 5,000 cores and we already expect to deploy 20,000 cores in the next year. Today our customers are mainly in the finance and 3D animation industry.”
Here’s a look at the specs of the QC1, which is currently only available for shipping within the EU:
The QC1 costs just over $3,500 USD, and Quarnot says its first round of shipments will arrive on customers’ doorsteps by June 20th.