A digital family piggy bank
How might we encourage family to save collaboratively?
An interactive piggy bank that connects to an app, aiming to save spare change as a whole family.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Kids, parents, grandparents set personal goals in mobile app, where it also shows their individual contribution towards total family saving goal. Once they reach the goal, a rainbow color light will be triggered from the physical piggy bank, by then the family can celebrate their effort together.
Scope: 5 weeks
Advisor: Eric Forman, Bruno Kruse + Carrie Kengle (Areaofeffect)
Team: Margarita Yong
making process + technical
Make the physical piggy bank prototype.
Figure how to use the digit display and potentiometer.
Figure out coin sorter by hacking and learning from an existed one. Now, it can differentiate pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters by different diameter of coins. Each size corresponds a reading. How do we know? It is actually like simple switches. The metal bar that serves as a switch would shifts when spring mechanism is activated after inserting a coin. Thus, in the code, there is a lot of "if" statements. For example, if switch a, b, c, d is activated, then we know it is a quarter.
Figure out how to user external power to light up LED strip.
Adafruit 0.56″ 4-Digit 7-Segment Display
Potentiometer x 1
Resistors 10K x 5
Resistor 560 x 1
Neopixel RGB Led Strip