Bitcoin suitcase eats your pocket change, spits out digital currency


Unless you’re one of its many evangelists, you probably still don’t own any Bitcoins, the math-based digital currency that’s all the rage among hackers, free market libertarians, and crypto-anarchists alike. A group of tinkerers at the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas is trying to fix that with a suitcase vending machine that eats your old-fashioned metal coins and spits out digital ones.

“Most people know about Bitcoin, but they don’t have it.”

Friday evening, a hacker called Garbage was milling around outside of the Rio convention center showing off the invention to fellow Bitcoin enthusiasts. “Most people know about Bitcoin, but they don’t have it,” he said, hailing from Kalamazoo, Michigan with his group TwoSixNine, which…

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