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Kevin Gislason Abacus DIY Hardware Wallet

Latest release: ?? ( 15th March 2021 ) 🔍 Last analysed 24th May 2022 . Do-It-Yourself Project Not updated in a while
23rd October 2019

This project is not meant for non-technical end users.

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The Analysis 

Background

This project builds on Stepan Snigirev’s Micropython Bitcoin bundle which is focused on a STM32F769DISCO chip. Kevin’s project involves the following contributors:

  • Mike Tolkachev
  • Justin Moon
  • hodlwave
  • 6102bitcoin
  • Stepan Snigirev

Device Description

The Kevin Gislason Abacus DIY Hardware Wallet builds on a STM32F469I-DISCOVERY microcontroller.

Its features include:

  • Easy to use, full color touch display
  • BIP39 recovery phrases
  • QR code addresses
  • Extensive validations to protect against malicious transactions

Build instructions could be found here.

Further documentation here.

The device needs a desktop application called the Abacus Wallet Bridge.

Video Demonstration

Analysis

The Kevin Gislason Abacus DIY Hardware Wallet is a do-it-yourself bitcoin project. It was updated on March 15, 2021.

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