We just saw a prototype of the Bitcoin hardware wallet that Jack Dorsey’s Block (the Company formerly known as Square) is working on a device designed 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, all of which appear to include fingerprint readers and USB-C charging ports — both things Block said would be included in its hardware wallet in a blog post last month.
Dorsey announced his company’s work on the crypto wallet in June 2021, and since then we’ve had some details about it. The company said that the hardware wallet would be just one component in its crypto storage system and that it would have a corresponding mobile app for your phone. Block also offered a breakdown of the potential recovery processes available should you lose your wallet or phone. It also said details would follow later on what you might do if you both lost.
As for the actual hardware, it looks a bit rocky, or “rockey,” as Dorsey put it when citing the image. I don’t mean that in a bad way – the devices in the image shared by Dorogusker look like different types of stone, like marble and granite, and they’re slightly geometric in shape.
In a statement emailed to The edgeLindsey Grossman, director of products, marketing and partnerships at Block’s Wallet, said that the images are “some prototypes that we are experimenting with for the hardware component of the wallet, which will also include a mobile app and a set of self-service recovery tools.” They also mentioned that the company would share “future explorations,” which doesn’t help us narrow down how close these prototypes are to becoming a real product.
When Block shares his wallet, we know of at least one person who does habit get one: Dorsey’s mother who recently roasted him on Twitter for having “#Bitcoin” in his bio.
Update April 6th 6:42pm ET: Added a comment from Block stating that the image shows prototype wallets.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/6/23013420/jack-dorsey-block-hardware-crypto-wallet-bitcoin-rock-preview This is a prototype of Jack Dorsey’s “Rockey” hardware crypto wallet