The LilyTwinkle is a tiny little LilyPad board designed to add some twinkle to your project. 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 4 LEDs and connect a battery and the LEDs will twinkle-fade (a lot like fireflies... or lightning bugs, if that's what you call them). LilyTwinkle is a quick and easy way to add twinkling lights to a project without any programming or a bulky Main Board.
If you're an advanced user and want to re-program the LilyTwinkle, 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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Based on 8 ratings:
I am new to electronics and have started incorporating them in my quilted pieces. I am a free-motion quilter, a maker and quilting instructor. The Lily Twinkle is in a quilted panel with a scene of the Eiffel Tower. The tower and surrounding roses are highlighted with LEDs. Still learning the technology. Using this component was a great start. FiberAnticsbyVeronica.com
Work as advertised, easy even for 3rd graders to solder to. I would avoid using copper tape with them as the connection with them is less secure.
I put four pink LEDs onto my pink pussy hat. It was so simple I could just sew without having to consult schematics or anything. Now I just need a new battery... I'm borrowing one from my Know-it-all bag.
just sew it together and you have blinking lights. Perfect for a project with people new to wearable electronics
Ordered the LilyTwinkle and it's related components. SparkFun's online tutorial made it easy to add blue lights to one of my felted hats! Photographing the twinkle proved an elusive activity.
I ordered the Twinkle as well as the Tiny. The Tiny worked as expected. I wanted to use the breathing output. I was not disappointed. The heartbeat output could have been a bit better though. Tonight I hooked up the Twinkle for the first time. It seemed more like a dribble. I wish there was an easy way to speed it up at least ten times as fast! It was way to slow of a Twinkle.
The LilyTwinkle makes it so easy to add a little excitement to non-programmable LEDs.
One adjustment I'd suggest is to make the (-) negative connector pad a little bigger somehow. The negative connector pad is the same size as the other connector pads however it needs to connect not only to the battery holder but to all four LEDs in the circuit. I usually wrap the conductive thread around each connector pad 2 - 3 times to ensure good contact. The current size is a tight squeeze.
On a recent long car trip the LilyTwinkle was the PERFECT thing to play with! I created a little blinking panel on cloth, and all four LED's worked!! This is my first foray into electronics and the sewables are the perfect first experience for me. Used your battery holder too, it worked great! I had a little trouble with one output on the LilyTwinkle, but threaded it in direct without going through cloth, and then it worked. It could have been my knot? Anyway, I had a BLAST! Thanks Sparkfun!! p.s. I didn't do sew WHILE I was driving! Only when Alice was!