This Chicken Coop Feeder Is Powered by Bitcoin Cash Payments in Real Time
On Oct. 25, an individual posted a live stream on the Twitch Interactive video platform to show the world how Bitcoin Cash (BCH) proponents can instantly feed his chickens online using zero-confirmation transactions. Since the stream kicked off, people have processed over $300 worth of BCH transactions to feed the fowl.
Feeding Chickens With Bitcoin Cash
Spencer Lambert, owner of the BCH-powered chicken feed system.
The peer-to-peer cryptocurrency bitcoin cash is being used to feed chickens in an unusual manner. Just recently, BCH enthusiast Spencer Lambert told the public how they can feed his chickens using BCH and watch them get fed in real time on a Twitch live stream channel. To feed Lambert’s chickens, users simply need to send $0.50 worth of BCH to the coop’s address. After the money is sent, a cryptocurrency-powered dispenser flips a switch and pours out mealworms. According to Lambert, the “24/7 stream of our wonderful chicken life” uses the Handcash application coupled with an Iozeta-manufactured, cryptocurrency-enabled touchless candy machine.
On the payment side, users simply send $0.50 of BCH with the Handcash.io handle “$CHICKEN” to start the power outlet. The Handcash wallet uses a name system, otherwise known as a “handle,” to make payments easier than using long alphanumeric BCH addresses. The process also utilizes zero-confirmation transactions, so once a transaction is broadcast, the mealworms are almost instantly dispensed. Lambert explained that the payments “take place in a fraction of a second, more or less instant.” He said he put up the money for the operation, adding that “mealworms don’t come cheap.”
Lambert has referred to his Twitch channel as a “24/7 stream of our wonderful chicken life.”
Iozeta Touchless Dispenser
Lambert’s system uses an Iozeta touchless candy machine to dispense the chicken feed. Basically, users pay the QR code and the machine flips a switch to dispense candy, mealworms or anything else that will fit through the chute. The machine accepts bitcoin cash, litecoin, dash, and ravencoin, but Iozeta also manufactures a cryptocurrency power adapter. Paul Lambert, one of Iozeta’s co-founders, has explained how the candy dispenser works on Youtube:
BCH proponents have commended Lambert’s BCH-powered chicken feeding system on social media forums such as Twitter and Reddit. Many well-known cryptocurrency enthusiasts have also tested the system, including Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong.
This is pretty great – i just fed some chickens with crypto https://t.co/io9S33WpNo
— Brian Armstrong (@brian_armstrong) November 4, 2018
Moreover, Unwriter has created an application called Memochicken, which the prolific BCH developer has described as a “fun but internally highly sophisticated” bitcoin app with a full event-driven architecture.
“(Post) a memo with Money Button, and pick up the real-time transaction event through Bitsocket, which then queries the Handcash handle $chicken for the receiving address, which then queries Coinbase price API for the currency exchange rate for $0.50 in BCH, and then finally send the chickens $0.50 in BCH, which triggers the already-so-cool chicken feeding Twitch stream by Spencer Lambert,” Unwriter explained after releasing the Memochicken application.
Lambert’s Twitch live stream and poultry feeding system can be seen here. The chicken’s first breakfast feeding begins at 9:20 a.m. EDT every day.