The biggest qualm expressed by non-members of the crypto space is that the cryptocurrencies driving the market do not seem to have any external, real-life use. While it might be great to be one of the lucky people holding onto bags of valuable currency, this means very little when it comes to affording the basic necessities of daily life, many of which are sold by merchants with no interest in payment in the form of volatile and unpredictable cryptocurrencies. But the use of cryptocurrency ATM machines might be changing that.
In the beginning the creation of a Bitcoin-to-USD ATM machine captivated the interest of the community. Before long, however, the luxury of converting crypto to fiat was being enjoyed by far more than just the lucky few still holding onto the dominating and most popular cryptocurrency currently on the market. Instead, cryptocurrencies all over the space, including Ether, Dash, and Bitcoin Cash, have seen ATM machine sporting their logos cropping up in places all over the world.
This week saw yet another bullish sign of mass adoption for XRP, the native cryptocurrency embedded into Ripple’s framework for banking solutions using blockchain.
A Japanese company has now made it possible to use normal ATM machines as cryptocurrency exchanges for the fiat currency of the country, the Japanese Yen. Following an extraordinary couple of weeks of explosive bullish growth in the XRP markets, this new introduction of an XRP ATM machine is a very welcome sign for many within the community—and it could be a sign of more things to come.
At an ATM in #Japan – Converting #XRP to #cash in seconds 👌#xrpthestandard @ripple @bgarlinghouse @chrislarsensf @JoelKatz @OKITATakashi @CoryTV @yoshitaka_kitao @marcus_treacher @wsculley @businessinsider pic.twitter.com/Fy9jr3AhdH
— Pavel Matveev (@matveevp) September 24, 2018
About Wirex Visa
The driving force behind the exciting story is Wirex Visa.
Wirex is a startup company trying to make cryptocurrencies more accessible and useful in daily life. They drew international attention within the crypto community when they recently released the card with capabilities for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin. These currencies were, at the time, the most popular on the market.
Wirex functions in a relatively intuitive manner.
The card comes preloaded with cryptocurrency when the user links their crypto wallets to the card using the simple user interface on the Wirex website. Then, when someone wants to convert their cryptocurrency to cash, they simply use an ATM machine and withdraw the currency in the form of whatever fiat money they would like to have.
The card has been hailed as some to one potential path towards mass adoption of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, while other fear that it is yet another stepping stone towards a dangerous end-game of the institutionalization and centralization of cryptocurrency.
XRP and Wirex
One video stirred the excitement now likely to drive the XRP markets in the coming days. The CEO of Wirex, Pavel Matveev, released a video of himself walking up to an ATM in Japan, inserting his card loaded with Ripple’s XRP currency, and then withdrawing 10,000 Yen, the currency of Japan. The video went viral almost immediately, causing speculation from some investors that a resultant bull run was inevitable.
The Wirex card also allows users to deposit cash, withdraw fiat money, or transfer crypto quickly and effectively.