French startup company Qarnot recently launched QC1 – a computing heater that claims to allow anyone to “earn cryptocurrency while heating”. This GPU-based device is designed as a home heater with a passive computer within its components. Two AMD GPUs of Radeon RX 580 8GB of VRAM and Sapphire Nitro generate heat by mining cryptocurrency. The QC1 consumes 500W of power and is ideally placed in a twenty square metre room. Qarnot claims that as much as $120 or €100 worth of Ethereum – which the product mines by default – can be had per month.
Miroslav Sviezeny, the COO and co-founder of Qarnot, declared in a press conference that the company “..provide(s) computing capacity with an extremely hard constraint, which is the heating needs of consumers.” Qarnot began conceptualizing data center-related edge computing in 2010. Since then, they have built three generations of computing heaters consisting of numerous CPUs. They sold these to construction companies who were on the lookout for heaters for their buildings.
QC1 is an IP-protected plug-and-mine device that can be easily set up in as little as ten minutes by simply plugging an Ethernet cable and typing in the address of your Ethereum wallet within the mobile app. The device’s mining mode can be monitored, while its heating booster mode could also be activated. Its noise-free feature is made possible due to the absence of fans or hard drives. During heating, users can also view trends in cryptocurrency markets via the QC1 LED or on the mobile app. Ethers are received on the wallet address. Users keep 100% of their cryptocurrencies as Qarnot does not receive any digital coins. Other cryptocurrencies can similarly be mined other than Ethereum. If a user prefers to turn on QC1’s heaters due to the cold temperature in the room, the device will power on its two GPUs and begin mining at 60 MH/s speed.The QC1 costs $3,600 or €2,900 and can be purchased using traditional currency or in bitcoin.