The Googly Eye Shield For Arduino

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Introducing what is arguably the most important Arduino accessory ever created: the Googly Eye Shield for Arduino.

It’s an (extremely simple) open source hardware kit, but we feel that it fills an important niche. We’ve put together a promotional video to explain.

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Fits onto any “shield compatible” Arduino, large or small.

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The shield provides a simple “platform” shield with labeled break-out points from every position on the edge connectors– with room to fit a little battery pack, a relay, a breadboard, or whatever else you need to mount in your stack. Plus, googly eyes!

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Also compatible with most (not all, but most) Arduino shields. Happy to be the third wheel in the middle, or on top.

Also, compatible with most (not all, but most) googly eyes.

From the Googly Eye Shield FAQ:


1. What, exactly, does the Googly Eye Shield for Arduino do?

It adds googly eyes to your Arduino (or shield-compatible clone).

2. No, really– What does it do?

Yes, really: It adds googly eyes to your Arduino!

3. Are you serious?

Yes, absolutely! It really does add googly eyes to your Arduino.

4. What else can you use it for?

Lots! Even without the googly eyes, this is the missing “blank” Arduino shield– a low-cost, bare-bones multipurpose platform. We could have called this the “Insulator Shield for Arduino” — it’s a big flat empty surface that you can use for all kinds of things, without pesky electronics getting in your way. The only electrical features are a neat row of breakout holes, on a 0.1″ grid, right next to the edge connectors.

Mount a solid-state relay or a battery pack or a speaker. You can use it to raise up many types of Arduino shields for extra altitude, providing a handy storage shelf underneath. You can mount a mini breadboard to the top, and use it as a low-cost prototyping shield. The possibilities are not particularly limited.

5. What if I don’t want googly eyes on my Arduino?

The googly eyes are (we hate to admit) optional. Just skip that step of the assembly instructions if you really don’t want googly eyes. (Also, what is wrong with you?)

The Googly Eye Shield is an open source hardware design. Complete documentation about this kit, including assembly instructions and design files will be added this week to the Evil Mad Science Wiki.

Googly Eye Shield kits are in stock and shipping at the Evil Mad Science Shop.

17 thoughts on “The Googly Eye Shield For Arduino

  1. Can I stack more than one Googly Eye shield? And if so, do I put the googly eyes on the top, the bottom or both?

    We should be told!

    1. Even without the Googly Eyes, this was a really good idea. How many $15+ protoshields are there that have lots of useful holes for soldering prototypes, or come with extra buttons or LEDs or whatever, when all the buyer wants to do is slap a mini-breadboard on it.

      Of course the eyes are a stroke of genius.

    1. It’s plug-n-play! All the necessary drivers are included on the board and are automatically installed in your Arduino when you plug it in.

  2. Awesome is the only word I can come up with right now…
    Building your own Furby with Arduino came one step closer with this shield I guess. :)

      1. You could make a companion shield that would plug into the Mega next to this one, and fill the remaining space.

  3. Make the pupils magnetic, and use 2 surface mount hall sensors to make a super old school tilt angle sensor. Less complicated than using an accelerometer or magnatometer in you’re projects!

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