140106034451-bitcoin-atm-story-topBitcoin, the emerging if still somewhat mysterious digital currency, may be coming soon to a high-tech ATM near you. Kiosks that allow people to buy the virtual coins, or exchange them for cash, will be installed within the next month or so in Seattle and Austin, Texas, according to Robocoin, the Las Vegas-based company that makes the machines. They will be the first such ATMs in the United States. Robocoin has installed machines in Vancouver, British Columbia, with more in Canada, Hong Kong, Europe and Asia in the works. The emergence of public ATMs, the company says, is a step toward making Bitcoin, a currency that’s not backed by a government or bank and has no physical assets to prop up its value, a more comfortable buy for mainstream users outside the Webcentric circles where it currently thrives. “We think it’s a huge breakthrough when it comes to bringing accessibility to the consumers,” Robocoin CEO Jordan Kelley said. Since its inception in 2009, Bitcoin has fluctuated wildly in value. Currently, a single Bitcoin is worth about $636. That value was as high as $1,000 in December as investors began leaping into the currency. More