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-====== Obelisk ======+====== Obelisk Teaser ======
  
-Obelisk is a new project the developers of Sia have been teasing. Nobody (except the dev teamknows what it's about yet.+:!: This page was created to track the release of the Obelisk. For information about the product itself see [[development:obelisk]] :!: 
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 +Obelisk is a new project the developers of Sia have been teasing.  
 + 
 +It has been revealed that the Obelisk SC1 is a Siacoin mining ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit).
  
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 All currently available information has been leaked through the #obelisk channel in the Sia Slack community (see the sidebar for a link to join the Slack). All currently available information has been leaked through the #obelisk channel in the Sia Slack community (see the sidebar for a link to join the Slack).
  
-===== Teaser log ===== +===== Teasers ===== 
-  * "Obelisk is not related to any other cryptocurrency projects that also happen to be using the word 'obelisk' - it is an independent thing" \\ //- David, 2017-06-19 0:57 UTC// + 
-  * "More will be revealed every 1-2 days, until the big event next week." \\ //- David, 2017-06-19 14:27 UTC// +{{ :development:obeliskcomingsoon.png?200|}} 
-  * "By the end of Friday, everyone will know exactly what Obelisk is, I promise that" \\ //- David, 2017-06-19 14:35 UTC// + 
-  * "@fornax potato" \\ //- Zach, 2017-06-19 15:13 UTC//+==== June 18th ==== 
 + 
 +Lead developer David Vorick posted a strange logo in the Slack community, with the filename "obeliskComingSoon.png"
 + 
 +==== June 19th ==== 
 + 
 +A larger image was posted by Zach Herbert in the #announcements channel with the title "Coming soon. #obelisk" (this is the image at the top of this article), along with a link to a new Slack channel #obelisk. David then proceeded to release some subtle hints in that channel, which are logged below under [[development:obelisk_teaser#hints|Hints]]. 
 + 
 +Zach also changed his Slack status to the Obelisk emoji with the message "Hello from Sia/Obelisk HQ in Boston!", indicating that Obelisk is the second product the team is developing. 
 + 
 +Another interesting detail is that the channel topic for the #obelisk channel is a link to the website [[https://obelisk.tech|obelisk.tech]] which, at the time of writing, is just a blank page. 
 + 
 +==== June 20th ==== 
 + 
 +Taek42 talks about Obelisk on [[https://www.reddit.com/r/siacoin/comments/6i9vl8/obelisk_preannouncement_announcement/dj5bavv/|reddit]]: 
 + 
 +>We are trying something new with the way we roll out Obelisk, and we'll know based on the reaction when the full reveal happens whether it was a good way to launch Obelisk or not. 
 +>I'm happy to reassure everyone who is concerned that Obelisk is not a troll, and that it's also much more substantial than a weekend project. I can't promise that you will like it, but it is something big and substantial, and it is good for Sia and an important step for any Proof-of-Work cryptocurrency. 
 + 
 +At 23:26 UTC (technically still the 19th), taek shared another picture in the #obelisk channel, showing some kind of integrated processing chip. This picture was immediately deleted from the logs and was later discovered (11:28 UTC) by Slack user "softlaunch" by looking in taek's upload history: 
 + 
 +{{ :development:bg_chip1f_darker.png?600 |}} 
 + 
 +At 14:32 UTC a tweet is posted on the SiaTechHQ twitter feed using the same image with the following caption:  
 +>The Obelisk SC1 – the first ASIC built for Sia mining. ([[https://twitter.com/SiaTechHQ/status/877172219679563778|Source]]) 
 + 
 +Later this day Taek42 posted a thread on reddit to answer the questions and doubts people have expressed since the Obelisk announcement: [[https://www.reddit.com/r/siacoin/comments/6ig4i7/thread_for_questions_about_proof_of_work_asics/|reddit post]]. 
 + 
 +In this thread Taek has also confirmed that the price of a single ASIC will most likely be over 1000$ ([[https://www.reddit.com/r/siacoin/comments/6ig4i7/thread_for_questions_about_proof_of_work_asics/dj613a2/|source]]). 
 + 
 +==== June 21st ==== 
 + 
 +Nothing particularly interesting happened. 
 + 
 +==== June 22nd ==== 
 + 
 +David Vorick published a [[https://blog.sia.tech/choosing-asics-for-sia-b318505b5b51|blog post]] explaining why ASICs are a good thing for Sia. 
 + 
 + 
 +==== June 23rd ==== 
 + 
 +Finally Friday! 
 + 
 +The https://obelisk.tech website went live. On it is a countdown for the Obelisk presale, starting in 6 days. 
 + 
 +14:20 UTC. The Obelisk website has revealed its menu items. There's an info page which shows The Obelisk SC1's stats: 
 + 
 +  ESTIMATED HASHRATE: 100 GH/s 
 +  NETWORK HASHRATE: 1,000,000 GH/s 
 +  BLOCK REWARD: 20M SC/DAY 
 +  MONTHLY REVENUE: 60,000 SC* 
 +  PRICE: $2499 
 + 
 +Taek42 has also posted a [[https://www.reddit.com/r/siacoin/comments/6j1gyg/obelisks_sia_asics_full_details/|detailed post on reddit]] containing lots of information about the devices and plans. 
 +===== Hints ===== 
 + 
 +A list of interesting messages from the #obelisk Slack channel. 
 + 
 +  * "Obelisk is not related to any other cryptocurrency projects that also happen to be using the word 'obelisk' - it is an independent thing" \\ //- taek, 2017-06-19 0:57 UTC// 
 +  * "More will be revealed every 1-2 days, until the big event next week." \\ //- taek, 2017-06-19 14:27 UTC// 
 +  * "By the end of Friday, everyone will know exactly what Obelisk is, I promise that" \\ //- taek, 2017-06-19 14:35 UTC// 
 +  * "potato" \\ //- zherbert, 2017-06-19 15:13 UTC// 
 +  * "I'm working on a blog post for tomorrow that'll walk through the full implications of Obelisk for Sia's users. From an everyday perspective, Obelisk does not affect users at all. From a decentralization perspective, it's an important step" \\ //- taek, 2017-06-20 14:59 UTC//
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