bitcoin-atm-hk fullSpotted in a Hong Kong shopping mall, this is one of the first real-live Bitcoin ATM’s in existence.

The usage instructions alone are scary: cumbersome, intrusive and time-consuming – making this design an unlikely candidate for success. The displayed Bitcoin exchange rate wasn’t competitive, either.

Nice try, but what a bad timing.

Coinciding with the general distrust that developed after the downfall of Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox in March, I couldn’t see any customers, and didn’t feel compelled to try myself.

If you are interested, you can find this odd rarity next to the escalator in the  Golden Computer Arcade, Fuk Wa Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong.

Per website of the owner bitculus, this seems to be the only exemplar in existence so far.

If you are adventurous enough to try, please post your experience.

Bitcoin ATM usage

Bitcoin ATM usage

Bitcoin ATM screen

Bitcoin ATM screen