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First there was the ButtonShield, which let you turn the Arduino into an OpenBerry, for instance Now, the ButtonShield has a miniature version, specifically meant for the Arduino Mega-plus-TouchShield Slide.

The ButtonPad is a mini-shield for the Arduino Mega. It is specifically designed to turn the Arduino Mega into a portable gadget, when combined with a TouchShield Slide.

You know that scene at the end of Star Wars, where the spirits of Obi Wan, Anakin Skywalker, and Yoda appear altogether to Luke? In case you forgot, it’s this one… it’s when the eerie theme music plays and you realize Luke has all along just been part of the bigger plan…?

The ButtonShield is like Anakin… tons of power, features, and more midichlorians – er buttons – than you know what to do with. The InputShield is like Obi Wan. The X-Y force is strong with him, but more in an analog sense if you know what I mean. That leaves only one. The ButtonPad is like the Yoda of input shields for the Arduino gadget platform. Small in stature he may be, but powerful his API is.


  • 18 key buttons
  • Silkscreen layout for A & B buttons
  • Silkscreen layout for up-down-left-right selector
  • 6 front edge white LEDs, individually addressable
  • Fits squarely on top of Arduino MEGA, with plenty of room for the TouchShield Slide

Made possible by the Open Source Hardware Bank

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