Raspberry Pi-Based Project ‘RaspiBlitz’ Releases Version 1.0 For Bitcoin Lightning Network Node Builders
RaspiBlitz began as a project that wanted to empower users within the crypto industry, hoping to make it possible for them to build functioning nodes that would send and direct payments. Everything was aimed to work on the lightning network from Bitcoin. The latest reports from the company indicate that the first version of the code is finally complete.
The company announced their finalized instructions this week, making it possible to build a lighting node on a raspberry pi, which is a small computer that is typically used for custom tech projects. The toolkit aims to make the creation of nodes possible for securing and sending Bitcoin payments with no trust involved.
Unlike other projects for lightning nodes, the device includes an LCD screen and software that supports a colorful interface. With the finished product, consumers can get a clearer idea of what is happening with each lightning node that a user adds.
Christian Rootzoll, the project lead for RaspiBlitz, said,
“In general, the version 1.0 signals that I see the RaspiBlitz package is ready to be shared with friends and colleagues for its intended purpose: To set up a bitcoin and lightning node during a workshop, which takes about 3 hours, or as a do-it-yourself (DIY) project over the weekend when you order the parts from Amazon.”
When purchasing all of the equipment together, including a raspberry pi with memory, the buyer will only rack up a tab of about $100. To give the futuristic physical appeal that many consumers associate this type of technology with, there are some users that have been using 3D printed casts made themselves to hold the device.
Many users of the lightning network have chosen to employ the use of RaspiBlitz, considering its cost efficiency. In fact, during the “hackday” in New York last fall, hackers even made a space for themselves to assemble these setups.
The raspberry pi device is no stranger to powering the bitcoin nodes that have full copies of their blockchain. In fact, these tiny computers have basically become a stable of Bitcoin’s overall infrastructure. Rootzoll said that nodes like Casa are a little more user friendly in their setup for newer users, but their cost is about three times what someone will pay for raspberry pi.
In his parting thoughts on this matter, Rootzoll said,
“For now if you like to have a little hands on and searching for a cheap starting point to become part of the lightning network – the RaspiBlitz project is the choice by a lot of people. And now with version 1.0 the package is ready to be spread across the world.”