Bitcoin’s Lightning Comes to Apple Smartwatches With New App
If sticking a bitcoin wallet into your hand sounds like it's a little too much then you can now get bitcoin's experimental lightning repayments with a few taps of an Apple smartwatch.
Released Sunday by Bluewallet, among the more popular lightning network wallets, their new app for Apple Watches enables users to get bitcoin over its brand-new, risky (nonetheless appealing) payment technology: lightning. Transactors can utilize the smartwatch app to produce a QR code, a square-shaped barcode, that someone else can then scan with their smartphone to send out a payment.
Bluewallet tweeted a preview of the app weeks ago. However, since today, it's officially downloadable from the iTunes store.
Product and UX engineer Nuno Coelho framed the app as an experiment, telling CoinDesk:
“It’s a small experiment we’re doing to put wallets on the watch. The first releases will be simple, allowing you to receive lightning payments.”
Why might somebody want to get lightning transactions through a smartwatch? you might ask. Smartwatches aren't as popular as smartphones, but many utilize them for the benefit of tracking health and viewing phone notifications without actually taking out their phone.
Bluewallet, to that end, is evaluating to see if users may like to adopt them for bitcoin payments as well.
“Sometimes the benefit of simply [getting bitcoin] with two taps from your wrist can be a pertinent user experience, especially on the go or if you need to be quick,” Coehlo said, adding that it might be beneficial if you're purchasing bitcoin from someone, but “don't feel comfortable” getting your phone out, you could just use the watch instead.
But Coehlo stresses that this is an exercise, considering that lightning technology itself is still extremely speculative, and they're unsure the number of users will actually wish to use the app.
“If feedback is good, we’ll spend more time on the project, ” he told CoinDesk. “It’s a very early stage industry so we’re trying to figure out how to build this stuff properly.”
Bluewallet, steered by a group of three developers, is likewise working on other features to broaden the wallet. “We would likewise like to move from being a third-party service, lessening confidence. That's our most important objective at the moment,” Coehlo said.
Featured Image via Bluewallet