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Ledger Stax: The Next Generation of Crypto Security

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— Ledger Stax is the cutting-edge new Ledger hardware device, designed by iPhone co-creator, Tony Fadell.

— Ledger Stax goes beyond securing your crypto assets – it redefines the Web3 user experience.

— In this article, we take a deep dive into the innovative new features of Ledger Stax and explain how each one raises the bar for Web3 users.

As technology evolves, new products emerge constantly – but not all gadgets are equal. Most fit neatly within the state of the art, but a select few redefine the limits of their whole space.

The iPhone is a great example. Can you remember the last time your phone was just “a phone”? The likely answer is “no” because iPhone single-handedly changes people’s expectations of their mobile device. It did that by offering something we all wanted: combining multiple functionalities (phone, internet connection, and music), with a user experience so intuitive that it made its predecessors obsolete.

In short, the iPhone redefined telecommunications hardware – simultaneously onboarding more than one billion new users to smartphone technology.

Sixteen years later, as Web3 reaches critical mass, Ledger found itself at the same juncture, asking the same question: how could we improve the Web3 user experience – and bring our industry-grade crypto security to the widest possible audience? 

The answer was Ledger Stax – the cutting-edge new Ledger device leading the charge to Web3 mass adoption, designed by co-creator of the iPhone, Tony Fadell. 

In this article, we take a deep dive into Ledger Stax – its purpose, unique features and vision for the future. 

Ledger Stax: Unwavering Security, Next-Gen Hardware

Value lies at the heart of Web3. And as the space matures and expands, crypto wallets have become much more than just security devices – they are an interface with the burgeoning digital ecosystem. 

To enable people to access these new options, it’s time for security hardware to go beyond protecting your private keys, and deliver a better all-round user experience tailored to Web3.

Crypto Security Integrates with Lifestyle

To achieve this, Ledger approached one of the world’s leading designers, iPhone co-creator, Tony Fadell.

Before accepting the challenge of reinventing the Ledger wallet, Tony asked himself four questions:

“Does the Ledger wallet really matter? Will I want to use it? Will other people use it? Will it change the way I live my life?”

He accepted the project because he answered “yes” to all four.

Why do Ledger Wallets matter?

Ledger hardware wallets are the most successful digital asset security hardware wallet of all time. With more than 5 million sold – and not a single hack, ever – Ledger has become the baseline for proper crypto security.

Will people want to use it?

But as digital assets become increasingly entwined with our personal identity, it was time for a device that delivered on those changing expectations. The challenge was to build on Ledger’s security platform, while bringing the Web3 experience to life for new and existing users.

Ledger’s Trusted Security Components

Before we deep dive into how Ledger Stax achieves this, let’s take a look at some security essentials that aren’t changing.

Secure Element Chip

Secure Element is a key component of every Ledger device, and that includes Ledger Stax.

For any hardware wallet, the chip is where your most critical data – such as your recovery phrase and access to your blockchain addresses – is generated and stored. So naturally, there should be no compromise on the quality of that component. 

Commonly used in passports, credit cards and payment systems, Secure Element provides institutional grade security for your digital assets. And of course, you’ll find that same level of security inside every Ledger Stax device.

Dedicated Operating System BOLOS

Crypto wallets have a very specific objective, and for that, they require a bespoke operating system. 

That’s why Ledger developed its custom operating system BOLOS, another key feature of every Ledger Stax.

BOLOS means that every application in your device exists in isolation from the other apps: this ensures there is no single point of failure in your crypto security infrastructure and mitigates the impact of any potential attack. BOLOS also ensures that every transaction needs to be physically confirmed on your wallet, meaning your digital assets can never be transacted with remotely, or without your knowledge.

How is Ledger Stax Driving Innovation Through Design?

Now we’ve checked out the inner workings of Ledger Stax, and why they’re so important, it’s time to tackle the question on everyone’s mind: how is the design of Ledger Stax changing the Web3 playing field?

Dimensions Built for Web3

Ledger Stax re-imagines the crypto wallet, starting with the very dimensions of the device itself. 

  • Larger Screen, Faster Verification

One of Ledger’s most valuable offerings is clear signing – the ability to verify details of each transaction on the Trusted Screen of your device, and know exactly what you agree to. 

But doing that on a USB-sized device poses some practical challenges for the user: a small display can make it tricky to see and verify your transaction details. Meanwhile, verification itself can also be tricky, via the two small buttons of the device.

Ledger Stax changes that. 

The device is larger than our original Nano – around the size of a credit card – with a fully touchscreen interface. This brings two big improvements: the larger display makes it easier to see and verify your transaction details; while touchscreen functionality transforms the whole device into a control interface, enabling seamless navigation and transactions.

  • Wrap-Around Display, Customizable Device

NFTs brought the crypto space to life, adding an inherently “personal” element to the world of digital assets. But although NFTs are commonly secured by a hardware wallet, there has been no way of visualizing your tokens on the device. 

This too becomes a thing of the past, with Ledger Stax. The large curved display screen, powered by E Ink®, functions as a completely customizable wallet interface. This screen can display any NFT or chosen image, as well as your name or any detail you choose, as the digital cover of the device – even when it’s powered off.

With more and more people using multiple devices for their different Web3 activities, your security hardware can now offer both a personalized experience and a practical way of identifying each individual device.

Stackable Hardware

And finally, if you’re wondering how we chose the name Ledger Stax, the answer is simple – the devices are stackable. Each Ledger Stax is embedded with magnets, enabling your different devices to be satisfyingly “snapped” together. 

Goodbye to generic USB sticks, hello to fully customized devices, and totally unique bundles

Welcome to the Next Chapter of Crypto

Ledger Stax is bringing the possibilities of Web3 to the widest audience ever, by doing something simple: building a dynamic, practical and personal Web3 interface, atop the impenetrable security foundation already offered by Ledger – and trusted by millions.

Ledger is the undisputed security baseline for anyone who owns crypto, but as Web3 continues to take shape, our role is evolving. Beyond securing your crypto assets, it’s our responsibility to redefine our hardware in tandem with new developments, raising the bar for the space – and its users. 

With Ledger Stax, we take the first step on that journey.

Welcome to the Next Chapter

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