Cluck the Banks: Bitcoin Lightning Network Powers Remote Chicken Feeder
A new and decidedly niche consumer product for Bitcoin’s Lightning Network has launched, allowing anyone to use the payment protocol… to feed chickens.
A Different Breed Of Blockchain Supply Chain
Currently circulating on social media, Pollofeed.com facilitates automated feeding of the birds, powered by Bitcoin Lightning Network payments.
“Pollo Feed is a automated chicken feeder powered by bitcoin lighting payments,” the service’s description reads.
Users use the website to generate a payment invoice and send funds. After, Pollo Feed automatically dispenses a small amount of feed to a chicken in an enclosure in a hitherto unknown location.
Happiness is feeding chickens in a different timezone using the Bitcoin Lightning network (pollofeed dot com) pic.twitter.com/YEe74Og7uC
— Alistair Milne (@alistairmilne) February 21, 2019
The chicken is visible via a stream from within the enclosure, and developers promise that each successful payment will result in video evidence of receipt.
There is as yet no data concerning how many times the chickens have profited from Bitcoiners’ generosity, or exactly how automated the setup is.
Doing More With Lightning
Despite its relatively small appeal as a tool, the reaction to Pollo Feed further demonstrates the rapidly increasing mainstream popularity of Lightning, which just months ago remained all but unknown beyond technical circles and enthusiasts.
As Bitcoinist reported, multiple new services designed to make using the network easy and attractive for the lay consumer have launched this year alone.
Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, further stated that it was a case of “not ‘if’ but ‘when’” regarding Bitcoin Lightning implementation in his own payment network Square.
Lightning continues growing hit new records on a daily basis, with currently capacity topping 715 BTC ($2.8 million) according to monitoring resource 1ML.com.
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Images courtesy of Shutterstock, pollofeed.com