ON THE SOFT SIDE
There’s no getting around the fact that the code to perform this eye animation is complex, but it is well structured and commented, so worth a read through if you’re interested in what’s going on. You’ll find it here.
This is also a good starting place if you want to use this board for something different. Obviously, a lot of it is very eye-specific, but you’ll also find all the details of how to connect to all the on- board hardware.
As the board is fully hackable, you don’t have to use it for eyes. You could use it for any project that needs two square screens. Flip them around, add lenses and you’ve got a DIY VR setup; they could be a screen each for a two-player game; or they could be simply two screens for outputting diagnostic information. Look beyond the eyes and it’s a powerful, programmable microcontroller that you can use just as you would any other microcontroller.
In a world where landfill is full of obsolete gadgets, it’s important to be able to reprogram and reuse your technology. However, despite the repurposability, there’s no getting away from the fact that these are designed to be animated eyes. There’s something fundamentally endearing about hardware that’s well engineered to do a single job – especially when that job is to make people smile.
We’ve looked through the technical specs, and how to use it, and how it could be used in the future, but all these are largely irrelevant. What matters with this hardware is how it makes you feel, and it makes us happy.
We’re used to being surrounded by high-definition screens covered in all manner of images and details, but these are different. Perhaps it’s because the form factor is so unusual. Perhaps it’s because in eyes we see humanity in each other, and therefore with these, we see humanity in a machine. Perhaps it’s because sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology and these are magic. Whatever it is, it’s one of the most fun gadgets we’ve tested.
Verdict: 10 out of 10
An easy and fun way to add ‘wow’ to your Halloween costumes.