Why are the shields all so big?

really smitten by the dinky but powerful Spark core and photon,
but the shields what gives, why are they are so large ?

Disclaimer: shameless self promotion.

Some of the third party shields are more spark size.

Like my Prototyping boards

Any my upcoming Neopixel hookup shield......

and the Micro SD / FRAM board

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hurrah for the 3rd party clan, that’s more like it !
nice post

To answer the original question - one reason might be Arduino compatibility.
For users that do have Arduino shields this might be a way to reuse their investments.

maybe so, point accepted.
but I first looked at the relay shield, ok I only needed 2 relays, but its runway huge

@roscoe, your concern simply highlights the opportunities that the community can address! :smile: