Ethereum Messaging App Status Relaunches Its Contactless Hardware Wallet ‘Keycard’

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by Julia Sakovich · 3 min read
Ethereum Messaging App Status Relaunches Its Contactless Hardware Wallet ‘Keycard’
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To meet the current market requirements, Status has relaunched its crypto hardware wallet. Now it will be called the Keycard.

The technologies do not stand still which ensures changes in the market conditions and, what’s more, market needs and demands. For the companies, that don’t want to lose their positions just because their products are not up-to-date enough to keep afloat, it’s a good incentive to have their ears open and be ready for changes.

As it has become known, the Ethereum messaging app and mobile browser startup, Status has taken a decision to relaunch its crypto hardware wallet and to give it a new name. Now the wallet will be called the Keycard.

The Hardwallet was released by Status in November 2017. Since that time the crypto landscape has changed significantly, and according to Status team, these changes need to be reflected in the products that are offered.

Keycard Wallet

The first batch of the new version of wallets is already in production. The start of beta testing for developers is scheduled for March.

Nevertheless, the company has already announced that the first 1000 developers who will sign up for the beta program to test the new product will get their wallets for free. Later, it will be possible to purchase the Keycard on Status website for $29 per unit.

What Benefits the Keycard Offers

If you want to understand how the wallet will look like, you need just to look at your Visa card, as the wallet will have just the same shape.

Descriving the benefits of their new crypto wallet, Status project lead Guy-Louis Grau, stated:

“[Keycard] is contactless. It’s going to work with your mobile crypto wallet. You’ll just need to tap your Keycard on a mobile device to sign transactions. Functionally speaking, it’s really a hardware wallet but it works with mobile.”

The company had an aim to make an easy-in-use device that will facilitate storage of crypto assets. The new hardware wallet can be integrated with any desktop app via a simple USB reader.

The Status Keycard supports a number of major cryptocurrencies the list of which include Bitcoin, Bitcoin cash, Litecoin, XRP, Ether. Moreover, the wallet is compatible with all Ethereum-based ERC20 tokens.

Grau also explained that the integration of Keycard into Status software for end-users is to take place later this year and that their aim now it to motivate people to build the card themselves (though such an aim is quite uncommon for cryptocurrency wallet manufacturers).

To help blockchain projects with this process, the company is going to provide Keycard API that can be integrated with hardware to fulfill a wide range of various tasks including storage of private keys, tap-to-pay, and many others.

Speaking about the security, Grau mentioned that it has a strong connection with openness. In his opinion, security is such a parameter that should be assessed by a wide range of people, that’s why software and hardware developers need to make their products open for everyone.

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