Bitcoin Product Spotlight: WifiMetropolis - Lighthouse - Ledger Wallet

The Bitcoin and digital currency ecosystem is rapidly growing as engineers and designers are building new tools and products everyday. Some are using Bitcoin in novel ways, others are helping to grow adoption, and some are just fun side projects. As a community it is important to recognize this effort and help others find these products. We will showcase some of our favorites every week.

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Here are three products we found interesting this week:

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WIFI Metropolis - @wifimetropolis

WIFI Metropolis

WIFI Metropolis is an app that helps people find and automatically connect to local WiFi hotspots. By logging on and entering the location of a certain hotspot for all to see and then verifying it by connecting to it through the app, you can accrue points toward your WIFI Metropolis profile. At certain point thresholds, Metropolis will actually tip you in bitcoin through Twitter and ChangeTip. At the moment, adding a hotspot will earn you 2 points and verifying it, 10. There is a bonus incentive being offered for the top point-earner each month there is a .5 bitcoin reward (500,000 bits). While the tipping function is only available on Android OS apps currently, Metropolis expects to get the program running for iOS soon. In the meantime, the app works for all smartphones and is a great way to find local access to WiFi networks. Here is the current breakdown for reward thresholds:

WIFI Metropolis

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Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Lighthouse is a new open source application that decentralizes crowdfunding based on Bitcoin technology. Other crowdfunding efforts like Indiegogo and Kickstarter can be expensive to utilize, but Lighthouse is virtually free to seek funding with because the only money being lost on transactions are the normal bitcoin transaction fees. By being built on Bitcoin technology, Lighthouse is basically a smarter bitcoin wallet; it pledges the intended amount from the lender to the project, and once the project reaches its goal, the bitcoin will be available to be claimed by the lender with no further interaction from the lender. If the target amount of a project is not reached, pledged funds are automatically returned to the contributor. Lighthouse brings crowdfunding to a global and uncensored scale that is not possible with traditional services. Running on Windows, OSX, and Linux, this technology is readily available for all major platforms, although it is still currently in beta.

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Ledger Wallet

Ledger Wallet

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Ledger Wallet is a security intensive bitcoin wallet that requires both a Ledger Wallet USB device and a Chrome software application to operate it. Dissatisfied with the idea that passwords alone can protect your beloved bitcoins, they’ve added this second layer of physical security to ensure their safety and make Bitcoin more approachable to the skeptics and risk-averse crowd. Each wallet comes with a unique keycard that will help you access your wallet. When interacting with the wallet to make a transaction, the application will feed you a randomized set of characters which you have to respond to with the correct corresponding characters as they appear on your keycard. The wallet is compatible with all operating systems, but works particularly well with Chromebooks and Chrome OS - the use of which creates a very secure hot wallet for those inexperienced with computer security. See our Secure Computing Guide for more information on how Chromebooks can provide a very secure computing environment: https://www.coinprices.io/articles/secure-computing-guide

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