The German developer has introduced a Lightning Network to the control system of the bike
Not only where using a system of micropayments on the basis of the Lightning Network. Jukebox Poketoshi (the game on the Nintendo platform), vending machine sodas — all of this works using a system of micropayments Lightning. Maybe soon to pay for renting a bike also will be using this service.
German developer Matthias Sting adopted the use of Lightning system electric bike. Mean this bike is no different from other similar models: the standard model with 28-inch wheels, the e-Ink display and the Raspberry Pi single-Board computer the size of a Bank card. But if you look closely, you can see your USB modem and the network card required for communication with Lightning Network.
Why do I need it? In order to pay the rent of the bike. Use the menu on the electronic display, the user selects the use of the bike. The system then generates a payment request to be displayed on the screen in the form of a QR code. Code is scanned using a mobile application and the money fly in Lightning Network.
Recall that the bandwidth of the Lightning Network is constantly growing. Now it is 112,95 BTC. The network operates 3763 nodes, and at the time of printing material openly 10431 payment channels. 10 thousand is not much, but soon the channels should be more. As incentive, web developers offered users a nice bonus — the opportunity to earn a crypt. If you have a working LN-nod, you can get $2 per month.