‘Pig eBank’ is an IoT-Connected Piggybank for Kids #IoT #IoTuesday
Here’s a physical piggybank that you don’t put coins into, but it does keep track of your child’s bank account value and allows them to check it – with a simple shake! You can deposit money to the ‘Pig eBank’ from a mobile app and the ears even rotate to signify transactions taking place within the account. The blog post documenting the project even shows the laser-cut layers and gear mechanism that make up the body of the bank. Brilliant!
In this article I will explain how I made a prototype of a talking piggy bank that connects to an online bank account. I’ll explain how it works and the process I went through; I’ll discuss how it progressed from an ‘interaction’ prototype to an ‘experience’ prototype and how I used the Monzo API to do so.
Pig eBank is a piggy bank, but rather than containing physical coins, it is connected to an online bank account. Here’s a quick video explaining it in more detail:
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