16 Jul '13, 11am

Will bitcoin ever be used for gas pumps, parking meters and pool tables?

Will bitcoin ever be used for gas pumps, parking meters and pool tables?

Last week, we spoke to someone who wants to sell a bitcoin-enabled washing machine. The conversation started a little tongue-in-cheek. If nothing else, we thought, the story would at least make for a funny headline about money laundering. But it ended up raising an interesting question: Will bitcoin ever be laundromat-ready? When we say ‘laundromat ready’ we’re not talking about just washing machines, but rather, any machine that takes small amounts of coin for an immediate product or service. Bitcoin payments occur mainly online these days, and when a physical business such as a pub decides to take payments that way, it makes the headlines. Yet for the person on the street, being able to pay simply and easily in bitcoins every day, physical transactions will be a key part of market acceptance. Morgan Rockwell, a ‘maker’ who likes to tinker with hardware, wants to accelera...

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