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Description: The ProtoSnap series is a new way to prototype your project without a breadboard. Everything is wired together on a single board, which makes it easy to explore the possibilities of the components before snapping them apart and building them into your project.

The ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board is designed to get you started in the world of e-textiles. Combining a LilyPad Simple Board with other LilyPad components like a buzzer, a vibration motor, an RGB LED, a button, a switch, five LEDs, a light sensor, and a temperature sensor, the ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board lets you dive right into wearable electronics. When you’ve learned how to program the LilyPad Arduino Simple Board, break apart the components and explore the power of the LilyPad platform.

We’ve made some minor changes since the last revision that make it easier for us to build and easier for you to snap. We haven’t changed anything about the way it works though, don’t worry! This kit does not include a USB cable. You will need a USB mini-B for the FTDI basic. Check below for an appropriate cable if you don’t already have one.

Note: A portion of this sale is given back to Dr. Leah Buechley for continued development and education of e-textiles and also to Arduino LLC to help fund continued development of new tools and new IDE features.

Note: Because of the added battery charging circuitry the Simple is unable to power a device from the FTDI header meaning that the Bluetooth Mate, for instance, is no longer plug'n'play compatible. Please use caution when using this battery in wearable projects. When using conductive thread, a short in the thread can create sparks and heat. We recommend using coin cell batteries for beginners.

Note: Due to the requirements of shipping the battery in this kit, orders may take longer to process and therefore do not qualify for same-day shipping. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Customer Comments

  • bboyho / last month / 1

    It looks like in the board layout and the schematic that the application circuit for the charger IC does not power the bluetooth through the FTDI header pins. To get the bluetooth mate working with the LilyPad Simple board in the development board, you would need to reroute the pins so that you can provide power to the bluetooth mates https://www.sparkfun.com/search/results?term=bluetooth+mate .

    Assuming that you are soldering a 6 pin female right angle https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9429 to the bluetooth plated through holes, you would need to connect the m/f jumper wires https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9140 between the two boards (Tx, Rx, and GND).

    For the Vcc pin of the bluetooth mate, you would need to connect it to a power source. Assuming you are using a nominal 3.7V LiPo battery (like the batteries with the silver and yellow packaging - https://www.sparkfun.com/products/339 ), you would just need to connect the Vcc pin to the + pin of the LilyPad Simple. There are a few methods to do this. You could us a m/m jumper wire https://www.sparkfun.com/products/8431 , bend one end to make a sequin, and sew the terminal end to the + pin of the LilyPad . Here is one example of making a sequin using non-standard LilyPad components https://www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/281 .

    You can also cut the m/f jumper wire in half, use wire strippers to remove the insulation, and then make an additional sequin out of the wire with the male terminal.

  • Hi

    I’m thinking on buy this kit, but I want to know if I have to use all at the same time? I meant if I could separate all the parts and then just put together one white LED, the arduino and the temperature sensor?

    • Hi, they come as one PCB with everything connected and working. This is nice way write and debug your code since you don’t have to worry about connection errors. But either while together or after snapped apart you can use whatever pieces you want and not worry about the rest. If you are only looking to use a few parts though consider buying those parts separately as all parts on the board are sold individually. If you have any other questions feel free to email techsupport@sparkfun.com.

  • what is the the Arduino coding software to create an “e-textile”?

    • It’s the exact same code as a standard Arduino, so you can still use the Arduino IDE. E-textile refers to hardware that is designed to be sewn into clothing or other fabrics. It’s a thinner pcb, more low profile parts, and generally more rounded to prevent snagging on fabric. Also, you can connect these using conductive thread, instead of having to solder wire to them.

  • Folks may want to know that the the LilyPad Simple board that comes with this will not power either of the bluetooth mates. It is explained on the page for the LilyPad Simple, but not afaik here, nor on the bluetooth mate pages.

    • Sorry about that. I just added the note to the description above. Have you been able to get your project working with another power source for your bluetooth device?

  • How come this is the same price as the retail kit?

  • Hi, what do you think about a lilypad development board with the “LilyPad Arduino USB - ATmega32U4 Board”?

  • Does this do anything straight out of the box?

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This is a great little learning tool!

Comes prewired and the example programs worked with very minor changes. We made our first wearable very quickly and it was very fun! Highly recommend.

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Very cool and easy

Good starting point into programming. Very fun to mess around with and see the possibilities.

Very fun way to learn some programming basics.

We found lots of tutorials and even found Star Wars theme and Frozeon theme that we can play on our boards. Getting the lights to sync with the notes was a fun program.

A fun kit to start with

I had no experience at all in this kind of do-it-yourself-mick-mack before. I knew how to write some code, and I had some appliances in mind I wanted to develop. It took me a few hours to figure out, and less than a week to build a size one solution. Very good indeed!

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