Join us for SparkFun Live on Tuesday, April 21st!

Time to get ready for the next episode of SparkFun Live.

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If you want to learn about the wonderful world of e-textiles, join us on the next episode of SparkFun Live, airing on Tuesday, April 21st at 3 p.m. In this episode, Amanda and I (Angela) will showcase a plethora of prom-themed e-textiles projects. We'll be talking about how to use LilyPad sewable electronic boards in projects ranging from full outfits such as dresses and suits to smaller accessories including corsages, hats, and more.

If you'd like to build something along with us, we'll be working on a color changing corsage using the Silk Flower LED. We'll be publishing a tutorial soon walking you through the whole project as well.

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If you want to join along, here is the wish list of SparkFun parts you'll need for the build.

You'll also need:

  • Heat shrink (or some kind of insulator such as electrical tape) in red, green, blue, and black or a color than can be easily labeled/marked on
  • Felt or sturdy fabric ~2"x4" to sew electronics to
  • Decorative elastic or ribbon, cut to wrist size
  • Hot glue gun (and glue)
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Scissors
  • Additional decorative accents - smaller fake flowers, ribbon, etc to hide battery holder and add finishing touches to corsage

For even more color options, we'll talk about using the LilyPad Pixel Board to create color changing creations and show how a sample circuit looks in different types of projects.

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Products we'll talk about:

Techniques we'll cover:

  • Planning an e-textile project
  • Troubleshooting
  • Insulating conductive thread

This is also the perfect time to mention that there is still time to enter our "Electrify Your Prom Contest" - and no, you don't have to be in high school to participate.

We hope you can join us for what will be an awesome episode of "SparkFun Live!"


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