Description: The LilyPad Simple just got a whole lot… simpler. We’ve updated the Simple board to create the LilyPad USB by replacing the classic ATMega328 with the new ATMega32U4. Not only does that mean that it’s running a variation of the latest and greatest bootloader, but it also means no more FTDI Basic! The only extra piece of hardware you need to program the LilyPad USB is a micro-USB cable, since the new IC has built-in USB support. The LilyPad USB is also officially supported in the Arduino IDE as of version 1.0.2!
Just like the LilyPad Simple, this board features a JST socket so you can directly connect a Li-Po battery for power and an on-board power switch so you can turn it off when you’re not feeling particularly blinky. These boards were designed to streamline your next sewable project by keeping things simple and giving you more room to work while eliminating the need to sew a power supply. The LiPo battery is even rechargeable through the board, no more special external LiPo chargers required!
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. They’re even washable!
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.
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I have tried to grow the number of participants in a middle school coding club for about 2 years, yet the numbers remained less than 8 students. After introducing the LilypPad to 21 middle school students the first Saturday morning in January 2015 at a workshop, the word got out to friends and parents about the fun and ease of learning, and WoW! Now, I am introducing middle school students to programming via the LilyPad Arduino every week. I have had to double the size of orders placed for LilyPad compatible components (LEDs, buzzers, temperature..). According to the students, “It’s so cool and easy to learn!” One student entered a science fair (Greene Scholars Program, San Jose) and changed her science project the week before the fair after learning how to program the arduino.
The LilyPad is a great tool for encouraging students to learn to code!