The LilyTiny is a tiny little LilyPad board designed to add flashy functionality to your project without taking up a lot of room. Even though it's as small as some of the LilyPad sensors, this board actually has an ATtiny microcontroller on it so it's actually pretty smart! Simply sew on four LEDs and connect a battery and the LEDs will each blink or fade differently. One will blink on and off (2), another will flash a heartbeat pattern (1), another will do a "breathing" fade (0) and the other will do a random fade (3). LilyTiny is a quick and easy way to add twinkling lights to a project without any programming or a bulky Main Board. It's also a great educational tool for showing a range of functionality without having to get out the computers.
If you're an advanced user and want to re-program the LilyTiny, the ICSP programming connectors are broken out on the back.
LilyPad is a wearable e-textile technology developed by Leah Buechley and cooperatively designed by Leah and SparkFun. Each LilyPad was creatively designed to have large connecting pads to allow them to be sewn into clothing. Various input, output, power, and sensor boards are available.
Note: A portion of this sale is given back to Dr. Leah Buechley for continued development and education of e-textiles.
Whether it's for assembling a kit, hacking an enclosure, or creating your own parts; the DIY skill is all about knowing how to use tools and the techniques associated with them.
Skill Level: Noob - Basic assembly is required. You may need to provide your own basic tools like a screwdriver, hammer or scissors. Power tools or custom parts are not required. Instructions will be included and easy to follow. Sewing may be required, but only with included patterns.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Noob - You don't need to reference a datasheet, but you will need to know basic power requirements.
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Bought some of these to do some custom thank you cards. Used the Pogo ISP programmer to reprogram it with an Arduino. Works as expected!
I've learned the LilyTiny is a great little programmable chip, to me it's a mini-Arduino. I've used it in an Instructables.com project to make a Blinky LED Baseball Cap. It is possibly the smallest form-factor for a Blinky LED circuit. Now I program the Tiny myself, and I use it to control the NeoPixel rings from Adafruit. I also use the LilyTwinkle. I do feel there needs to be one more version, which I call a "LilyBlinky" which would have BlinkyBlinky capability, perhaps 1 sec on Ports 0/1 and 0.5 sec on Ports 2/3.,,probably beats a 555 Timer based BlinkyBlinky for compactness. I may put this on Instructables.com, but it's just public Domain code.
These things are nice! Perfect size and power for some of my projects. I've got it hooked up to a ULN2003 and a 7805 regulator powering 12v RGB LEDs and it works flawlessly. Highly recommended, especially since they are so inexpensive.
I was looking for a unique device to power the leds for the robot model I designed http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:764680 and came across the lilytiny. It is a great board in a small form factor.
Very easy to use, works well and is a great way to add detail to your models, apparel, kits, or cosplay items. I recommend this to anyone -you can't go wrong.
Just returned from teaching a class for the Southeast Fiber Forum Association www.sefiberforum.org at Arrowmont in Gatlinburg, TN. I taught an e-textile class that included adding electronics to the felt projects we made during the workshop. The students were all new to e-textiles and several new to felting. We used the lily twinkle in one of the projects (which you sent instead of the lily tiny by mistake. I didn't check the packing close enough to realize it before the workshop. Since the stitching is the same it didn't cause any problems). Several were able to get all five of the Lily Pad LEDs to come on before we ran out of time. Everyone went away knowing how to finish the stitching at home and a little about circuitry thanks to this great product. All are excited about the possibilities for adding electronics to their fiber art.
it is not as cost prohibitive as other microcontrollers and is pretty user friendly for beginners but still allows a programming option to add a challenge.
This is a great little board for textile projects. I finally figured out how to reprogram it to do what I needed. Its not too hard once you figure out the correct path, which for me was to buy a used AVRISP mkII off of eBay and an 8 pin SOIC test clip and reprogram using the Arduino IDE. The only thing I don't quite get about the board is why pin 3 of the ATTiny85 isn't connected to anything. It cost me a lot of time trying to figure out why i could't control that pin but it doesn't matter anyway because I cant get board access to it. My own stupidity. Great price too!
We ran an event at our makerspace, to introduce folks to wearable electronics... and this item was exactly what we needed. The price is perfect, the simplicity of it is perfect, and it's a sturdy, well functioning little product.
Very pleased and will be ordering hundreds more in the future, I'm sure.
I bought a LilyTiny to power my first project using wearables. I have some experience with Arduino, but wanted a simple way to control some LEDs. The pre-programmed functions took away a layer of complexity and let me just focus on learning how to set up a wearable circuit. Found enough tutorials on line to determine what else i needed to make my project work: power supply with a switch, conducting thread and some LEDs.
The idea of the LilyTiny is great but creating with them is a little more challenging than anticipated. Probably best for older children (4th gr and up?) Make sure to do a "practice" project beforehand. The conductive thread is temperamental for sure!
Just using this as is was a simple project with cool results. I am hoping to use these for a new tinkering club at my school. Fun way to get kids excited without being intimidating.