A facebank is a money box created by Banpresto, when this little bank detects movement it begins to interact and get ready to swallow all of your loose change. Simply put coins near it's mouth, and the Face Bank will chew and swallow them. Designed by Eiichi Takado, Face Bank has achieved both critical and popular acclaim. Short listed in the Japan Media Arts Festival (Entertainment Division), face bank has become an icon of Japanese popular culture. Following it's launch in Japan, Face Bank has developed a huge following with Face Bank aficionados posting their creative videos on youtube. To date over 2000 video clips have been posted generating in excess of 10 million views.
face bank elicits a spectrum of passionate responses depending on who you talk to. Parents view it as an unconventional way of encouraging their children to save money; teenagers are divided either seeing it as a surreal collectable or a charming pet like toy and the aspirational demographic as a 'must have' desk top gadget. face bank has a wide range of appeal across age, gender and social groups.
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In these high-tension economic times, it pays to be canny. That is, after all, why you're surfing this fine website in search of cost-effective gadgetry rather than traipsing up and down the high street. So when it comes to putting a little something away for the future - and assuming one doesn't like the look of Northern Rock - there's no finer nor more sound place than in a good old fashioned 21st Century piggy bank. You see, with one's bog standard, common-or-garden piggy bank, there's very little in the way of, how shall we say, interaction with said pig. Cash pops in. Tinkle, tinkle. End of story. But now it's 2010 and there's a new sheriff in town. The Facebank, by dint of his hungriness, is a cut above one's average cash-starved porker. By inserting a coin of the realm in his cutesy little mouth, an electronic masticating device is activated, enabling it to chew away happily, eating one's cash and stowing it away safely for later. And that's not all. It has sensors in its eyes, and will start chewing expectantly when you approach. Some might say it's freaky. We say it alleviates loneliness somewhat effectively. And fear not, intrepid savers. Retrieval of said cash to spend on this website (or, should you be silly, somewhere else) is a mere bagatelle. No intestinal messing about is required. Simply unlock and remove for instant retail therapy.