The mobile bitcoin wallet project Samourai Wallet is collaborating with the French hardware retailer Nodl to develop a bitcoin node device that is compatible with the privacy-centric mobile wallet of Samourai.
Michel Luczak, co-founder of Nodl, said that this new product will be a “full, self-validating, bitcoin and lightning node” that enables people to utilize the mobile wallet app without relying on servers of Samourai Wallet. This has long been a topic of debate, as critics contend that the privacy features of the wallet are not enough if users’ transaction data is kept on a centralized server anyway.
The Samourai Wallet team said that the new node devices will be available this year. In addition, Nodl node owners will be enabled to upgrade their devices to have the Dojo software of Samourai Wallet. This software will carry Whirlpool, a feature that pools bitcoin transactions in batches across wallets in order to obfuscate the funds’ sources.
“In addition to Dojo being preloaded onto Nodl devices we will also be preloading Whirlpool desktop mixing, allowing users to access and manage their Samourai Wallet mixing on their desktop,” the Samourai team said.
According to Luczak, the collaboration comes as Nodl sales witness an upsurge, anticipating selling around 500 devices this year if the present trajectory endures.
“For the first time you’ll have a one-click install mixing service that’s available to anyone,” Luczak stated.
Katana Cryptographic, the firm behind Samourai, revealed earlier this month its first venture funding round, which witnessed a $100,000 investment from Cypherpunk Holdings.