The Gristle King Industry Insider Newsletter is a weekly publication gathering all the intel and observations we collect as critical nodes in the blockchain + meatspace.
-GEODnet is looking for third party manufacturers for their miners. They are aiming to grow to 100k miners world wide. They can currently run on a Pi4, which is the reason for the RAK V2 swap offer, or their own proprietary hardware (Hyfix.)
-With early Hotspot makers like Pycom going out of business, there may be an opportunity for Bobcat to be the “backup of choice” for providing long term support.
-HIP 72 (Secure Concentrator) may offer an opportunity for Bobcat to mfr those. Happy to make an intro to Dinocore (HIP originator) if that’s useful.
-The Boring Protocol (crypto VPN project) wants to move in as a Helium subDAO. Boring Protocol allows you to buy a separate device or add firmware to a current device (like a Helium Hotspot) that acts as a node in a VPN. Some complexities exist around adding firmware, as someone will have to burn HNT to do that. We recommend considering a conversation with them supporting their firmware.
-The MapMetrics SPT tracker arrived, and like many early crypto hardware projects, works about 20% of the time. They’re promising 2000 MMaps (their currency) to all who received a unit.
-Max has just applied as a committee member for the Helium Foundation’s new governance committee. We’d recommend you apply as well, contact Valerie at the Helium Foundation to see if they’ll accept a manufacturer rep.