You can see (if you look carefully) several solder blobs/splashes on the top-side connector pins and several pins have cold solder joints at the PCB. Since I plan to make use of them, I’m going to have to correct the sloppy Chinese assembly process.
First, they’re a whimsy and I think they’re fun, not unlike @cyclicalobsessive’s use of minion characters as an alter-ego for his robots.
Second, robotics is hard. Paraphrasing the song Dark as a Dungeon: “The frustrations are doubled and the pleasures are few” and nowhere is this more evident than in investigative research of any kind - including robotics.
IMHO, “googly eyes” insert a necessary degree of humor into this difficult subject.
Of course, the best reason of all is “I like 'em!”
“Where it’s dark as a dungeon and damp as the dew.
Where the dangers are doubled and the pleasures are few.
Where the rain never falls and the sun never shines;
It’s dark as a dungeon, way down in the mines.”
I get that. And I actually enjoy whimsey and keeping things fun. But apparently I have a googly-eye shaped hole in my soul because this particular kind of whimsey just never seems to connect with me.
I sorta like Minions. Just goes to show you - different strokes.
I’ll have to think about what I want to do with Finmark once it stops collecting dust on my shelf.
I did really like Lost in Space though - will have to consider that