Japanese technology giant Sony wants to patent two hardware approaches for hosting and maintaining blockchains, newly published documents show. Sony’s two filings are entitled “Electronic Node and Method for Maintaining a Distributed Ledger” and “Device and System,” revealing for the first time that the company is working on blockchain-related hardware concepts. They also set the stage for the company to potentially include these devices in a future product. In the past, as previously reported by CoinDesk, the tech company has filed patent applications centered largely around the technology’s use cases, including education data management and security. The first application includes two elements: a hardware node and a method for maintaining the blockchain, which it repeatedly describes as a “mining process.” Indeed, in one incarnation of the proposed invention, the nodes would operate a network that’s akin to bitcoin’s, which is an open-access network with a token. As the application explains: “The distributed
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