A point-of-sale system, based on a VeriFone terminal, which enables retailers to accept virtual currency Bitcoin has been developed.
To accept a payment a merchant enters the details in a VeriFone Vx510 or Vx570 terminal which then prints off a QR code. The customer then scans the code with their smartphone.
Alternatively customers can pay by giving the retailer a QR code holding Bitcoin value to scan or a private key to type out.
The system can also dispense the virtual currency, selling customers the coins using a printed QR code or private key, a stored value card or Bitcoin address.
Meanwhile, Bitcoin continues to see its value spiral downwards on exchanges. From a high of around $30 a coin in the summer it is now trading at less than $3, less than it costs to "mine" them.
You can read more about the POS system on the Bitcoin Wiki.
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