Description: The LilyPad Design Kit (LDK) is a great way to get started with e-textiles. The LDK includes everything you need to complete 6 simple experiments that will teach you how to sew basic circuits, light LEDs, create interactive designs, and more. You don’t need any previous sewing or electronics experience to use this kit. If you’ve ever been curious about getting into e-textiles but have never known where to start, this is where you can begin!
The online LDK Tutorial contains step by step instructions of how to connect each circuit with the included parts. Tips and tricks are provided and explained and even includes troubleshooting tips if something goes wrong. A link to this tutorial can be found in the Documents section below. The kit does not require any soldering and is recommended for beginners of any age that can can hold a needle.
LilyPad is a wearable 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.
Note: Due to the requirements of shipping the batteries 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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While the LilyPad Design Kit is a great introduction to circuits and working with LilyPad e-textiles, the projects could be a bit more practical or useful. It’s always fun to make something you’ll be able to use later (a light up pin? an embroidery? a t-shirt design?) rather than just laying it all out in felt for no reason other than to learn. The instructions are simple and clear. You just have to get creative with how you implement the exercises if you want your end product to be useful.
I love how easy this technology can be for an experienced seamstress and engineer! The design kit and the online picture experiments were very user-friendly. If you are very inexperienced in either sewing or circuits, than it is definitely a good level of kit for you. I also like that if you want to teach basic circuits, all you would have to do is remove the thread when finished, no de-soldering or rounding up breadboards and jumper wires. I noticed that the sewing gets the students to slowdown and check their work before blowing out the circuits by quick power ups since they “worked so hard” to make the circuits. The downside to the kit is that it is too easy. I would like to see the kit come with an LilyTiny reprogramming experiment, including the ic test clip cable, jumpers and the tiny avr programmer. Or better yet, include the LilyPad Arduino USB in a more advanced kit. Regardless, this kit got me and my bio-engineering students interested in many different wearable sensor applications!