Samourai Wallet Partners with Nodl to Create a Full Bitcoin Lightning Network Node


A modern mobile Bitcoin Wallet, Samourai, is set to launch a Bitcoin node gadget which synchronizes with Samourai’s privacy-based mobile wallet in collaboration with a French based hardware retailer Nodl. The ad hoc device will be available for sale to Samourai clients.

The device will be based on lightning network and will enhance privacy as it has coin mixing feature. The device will most likely be like other products distributed by Nodl but will incorporate some of the classic techniques used to enhance privacy, such as TOR.

Samourai Wallet is a common Bitcoin wallet meant for mobile devices. It incorporates some of classic and interesting features such as Lightning Network and emphasis on security and privacy.

Coin Mixing on Nodl

Michel Luczak, one of Nodl co-founders, speaking exclusively to Coindesk explained that, the device is set to be “full, self-validating, Bitcoin and lightning node”. Moreover, it will permit individuals to utilize the mobile wallet app without necessarily requiring the Samourai Wallet’s servers.

Blockchain experts in the industry have always criticized Samourai wallet’s privacy measures saying that they are inadequate if users’ transaction data is saved on a centralized server as it can easily be tampered with .

CoinDesk reports that the team from Samourai has indicated that the node gadgets will be released before the end of the year. Additionally, Nodl node users will have a chance to refresh their gadgets and add the Samourai Wallet’s Dojo software.

The software shall consist of a feature known as Whirlpool. This will bind Bitcoin transactions together from different wallets so as to make it hard to know where the funds originated from. This is a full-fledged coin mixing feature, aimed at improving the privacy of bitcoin users. The Samourai team stated that :

“In addition to Dojo being preloaded onto Nodl devices we will also be preloading Whirlpool desktop mixing also it allows users to access and manage their Samourai Wallet mixing on their desktop.”

This partnership comes at a time when Nodl has experienced an increase in its sales volumes. Luczak explained that the company expects to sell about 500 devices by the close of 2019 if the present trend goes on.

“For the first time you’ll have a one-click install mixing service that’s available to anyone,” Luczak said.

At the moment no prices and specifications are known, although they are likely to be very similar to the products already sold by Nodl.

Previously, the Samourai’s parent company known as Katana Cryptographic, stated it had secured a $100,000 funding from Cypherpunk Holdings during its inaugural project funding round. What do you think about this partnership? Share your views with us in the comments section.

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