French startup Qarnot wants you to get ahead of your utility bill next winter with a cryptocurrency miner specially designed to heat your home. Their new device, the QC1, features two AMD GPUs (Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX580 with 8GB of VRAM) that mine Ethereum at a rate of 60 MH/s by default and produce enough heat as a byproduct to warm a few rooms in your home.
While using a crypto miner as a source of heating is not a new concept, and is already a common practice among miners, the QC1 offers a simple plug-and-play experience that can be set up in under 10 minutes. With no hard drive and an accompanying mobile app that allows you to monitor your mining node, the QC1 provides a stripped-down, noiseless mining experience. The device itself has a unique design outfitted with traditional heating conductors to amplify heat production.
For those wanting to move beyond Ethereum, the QC1 comes with a Linux operating system that allows more experienced users to pick an alternative altcoin to mine.
Even though the overall profitability of small-scale cryptocurrency mining is debatable, the QC1 does offer a unique alternative to expensive heating and is another step towards mass adoption of crypto.
You can order the QC1 for $3,600 starting today and yes, the company accepts bitcoin as payment.