As we approach a cashless system, traditional saving rituals begin to decay. Pledge Identification Gateway (PIG) offers emotional incentives to save while representing the health of a virtual money box. Each PIG carries a unique QR code which is scanned with a smart phone to make a payment. The PIG then illuminates to reward the act, but slowly fades until completely dark, indicating that the money box has been neglected.
Using an Arduino Duemilanove, Ethernet Shield or XBee Shield with ConnectPort X2 and BlinkM, PIG is able to respond to pledges made via PayPal using its Instant Payment Notification.
PIG was launched in Brisbane during Capital Growth for Artisan winning the top prize for its innovative approach.