We may have just seen the Bitcoin hardware wallet that Jack Dorsey’s Block (the company formerly known as Square) is working on, a device to help people “securely own and manage their Bitcoin”. according to the company† Block’s hardware leader, Jesse Dorogusker, tweeted an image Wednesday showing several devices, seemingly all including fingerprint readers and USB-C charging ports — both things Block said his hardware wallet would contain. in a blog post last month†
Dorsey announced his company’s work on the crypto wallet in June 2021 and we’ve gotten a few details about it since then. The company said the hardware wallet would be just one component in its crypto storage system and that it would have a companion mobile app for your phone. Block also provided an overview of the possible recovery processes available if you lose your wallet or your phone. It also said details would follow of what you might do if you lost both.
As for the actual hardware, it looks a bit rocky, or “rockey,” as Dorsey put it when quoting the image. I don’t mean that in a bad way – the devices in the image shared by Dorogusker are made to look like different types of stone, such as marble and granite, and they have a slightly geometric shape.
It’s hard to say if the image is just one possible design the company is considering or if it means we’re close to launching this thing. (Block didn’t immediately respond to The edge‘s request for comment on a possible release date.) When it comes out soon, we know at least one person who will not get one: Dorsey’s mom, who? recently roasted it on twitter for having “#Bitcoin” in his bio.