The world’s first dogecoin ATM has been launched in Vancouver, and it looks about as serious as the dogecoin logo.
The machine consists of a Nexus 7 tablet attatched to a briefcase, along with a money validator.
Needless to say, this isn't exactly a bona fide ATM and nor is it supposed to be. It was created to spice up the two-day CoinFest digital currency festival in Vancouver.
The ATM have one redeeming feature – it features a lot of Comic Sans. However, this isn't good news for everyone. As the saying goes, every time you use Comic Sans, somewhere in the world a designer dies.
Such Doge, much ATM
Joking aside, the contraption is fully functional and it illustrates what can be done with a bit of ingenuity on a very tight budget. In other words, it works like a real crypto ATM, but it does not let users send coins, just buy them.
It probably wouldn’t be a good idea to actually install it in a public space, either – the carrying handle is still attached.
Using the ATM is relatively simple. Users simply need to press “Doge” on the tablet, scan a QR code containing the address, insert cash and hit “To the Moon”. A few moments later dogecoins will be transferred to the users’ digital wallet.
The Nexus 7 may not be the best choice for this sort of device, as its front-facing camera isn’t very impressive, but then again it runs vanilla Android straight from Google, which tends to make it a bit more stable than many Android tablets.
Is there a market for it?
Of course not – there is no market for dogecoin ATMs and there probably never will be. However, the fact that it is possible to make a functional ATM with a bit of glue and outdated consumer electronics is news in itself.
Still, it is the thought that counts, especially in the meme-loving world of dogecoin. Wow.
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