Learning About Soft Circuits


Ever wanted to learn more about the emerging world of e-textiles? Well today's your lucky Tuesday, because SparkFun's Department of Education has expanded its class list to include a course on soft circuits!

This is a great class for electronics beginners, since there is no soldering required to create a jar of twinkling fireflies, a robot with a LED heartbeat or a luminous LED jellyfish. This project is a great way to learn the basics of LilyPad Arduino, and by the end of the class, students will take away a functioning creation animated with LilyPad LEDs! If you've never used conductive thread, it's a pretty cool way to link up a microcontroller circuit. For those not familiar with circuits we will also cover series and parallel, battery life and buttons!

The class will take place at SparkFun headquarters on Wednesday, August 22, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. All materials are included, but be sure to register on our site to reserve your spot. See you there!


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  • So, this is a question I’ve had for a while now: If I make a gizmo using LilyPad and / or Arduino parts, am I allowed to then sell said project elsewhere? I’m pretty sure I can with Arduino-based stuff (within their T&C), but what about LilyPad? Would it be okay since it’s derived from Arduino hardware?

    Any help is appreciated!

    • I’m not sure I understand the question- are you asking whether you could make a garment or project using LilyPad components and then sell it? Absolutely you can! In fact, people already do!

    • I can’t see why not. You can buy almost anything modify it and resell it.

      If I bought a Dell PC and programmed it for a specific purpose like say a cash register I can certainly resell it. I see no difference.

  • This may be a frequently answered question: For those of us who are nowhere near your facilities, are these types of classes filmed and somehow posted online for viewing? I’d love to learn about “Soft Circuits” but I’m in Los Angeles…

  • So you guys are going to provide thimbles for everyone?


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