When it comes to the world of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency, we still have a way to go in order to streamline the experience in a more user-friendly way towards novice users. One of the things I noticed is how a lot of people are hesitant to install an actual Bitcoin wallet on their system, despite the multiple options available. And don’t even get them started about using “just an online wallet” either. Some people are really hard to convince.
But what if we could combine all of the above and more into one easy to use solution working across multiple devices? And the best part is that no one will have to install any additional software either, as long as they have a browser capable of handling HTML5 webpages. Liquid Sky is an interesting platform to take notice of in that regard.
What is Liquid Sky?
Liquid Sky was introduced during the final days of CES 2015, a massive consumer electronics events which also featured The World of Bitcoin. By using the Liquid Sky cloud streaming platform, users can play any video game or run any application they want on their servers, without the need for specific hardware on your end.
If the platform works as advertised, which remains to be seen at this point while I await my Liquid Sky beta invitation, we could use it for pretty much anything. It could bring gaming to any device, as well as running any application you want (including VLC & Skype) and accessibility across all platforms.
Bitcoin Use Case
Imagine if you could run a Bitcoin client on the Liquid Sky servers, which will be taken care of by them as far as network synchronization goes. Or you could always use one of the many lightweight clients. Want to use your bitcoin wallet on your phone or tablet? Not a problem, as a mobile application is available for Android users. iOS Users can access the HTML5 website, and the team is working on a dedicated application for that platform as we speak.
This could also be a really useful platform for running Bitcoin nodes to strengthen the network. Granted, users will need to earn points by referring friends in order to run their own applications on the platform. Then again, it is very easy to refer other people, and as of this writing you will earn 10 points per confirmed sign up. Running your own application costs 30 points, so it shouldn’t take long to reach that goal.
Note from the author : I have sent an enquiry to the Liquid Sky team asking them about potential Bitcoin wallet/node integration. Once I have a reply, I will keep our readers updated accordingly.
Liquid Sky’s Security
If it would be possible to use the Liquid Sky platform as an actual Bitcoin wallet “server”, it is paramount to have proper security measures in place. The Liquid Sky team acknowledges the need for security by encrypting and isolating every connection made to the platform. Everything in “your cloud” will be for your eyes only.
Further security details were not made available at this point, but we will keep an eye out for additional information as the Liquid Sky beta phase progresses. One of the first things I will do, should I get a beta invite, is try and install a (lightweight) Bitcoin client on there and see how it performs. Make sure to bookmark this website so you don’t miss out on that review.
But isn’t this a form of centralization, the exact opposite of what the blockchain allows us to do?
Yes and no. There is a great debate going on about whether or not you should even trust cloud platforms at this point, as they will centralize all data in one or a handful of data centers. If those would ever get breached or destroyed, the consequences could prove to be quite dire for all of the users on those could platforms.
However, when you are dabbling around with VPS servers to host a Bitcoin daemon, or even a Bitcoin node, you are also running it on “cloud servers”. Liquid Sky operates much in the same way, but it also allows you to make use of their underlying hardware to do much more than just run something from a command prompt.
I’m not saying Liquid Sky will be a very useful platform for Bitcoin just yet, as we can only judge that once a few people have tested it. But it does open up some interesting possibilities which are worth exploring, and their cross-platform compatibility will only add to that. We will know more in the near future hopefully.
What are your thoughts on the Liquid Sky cloud platform, and do you see a potential use case for cryptocurrency? Let us know in the comments below!
Website : http://liquidsky.tv