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Description: The LilyPad XBee is a breakout board for the popular XBee modules that can be sewn into your e-textile projects to provide them with a little “connectivity.” This board includes easy-to-sew tabs and all the necessary power regulation to run on the LilyPad system. Once sewn into your project just attach your favorite XBee to the pre-soldered headers and you are good to go!

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!

LilyPad XBee was co-developed by Kate Hartman and Rob Faludi. It works with all the popular XBee module types!

Note: This LilyPad board does NOT include and XBee module.

Note: A portion of this sale is given back to Dr. Leah Buechley for continued development and education of e-textiles and to Rob Faludi and Kate Hartman for product support and continued development.


  • 50mm outer diameter
  • Thin 0.8mm PCB


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Customer Comments

  • I can’t understant which voltages it works with. Does it works with a 3V button cell? Or does it need 5V and then it regulates to 3.3V?

    • M-Short / yesterday / 1

      The board does have a built in regulator, but you can bypass it and connect to the 3.3V line. As for a 3V button cell, if you are bypassing the regulator then you are really bypassing all the circuitry on the board. There is nothing on the board that requires power, at least until you add your XBee compatible module. The question then is if the XBee can be powered by a 3V button cell. While that will depend on the actual module I doubt it. Wireless devices need a decent amount of power to transmit data and I doubt a coin cell will be able to provide that (or provide it for very long). Again, it does depend on your module and your coin cell.

  • How do you get this damn thing to work???? Arghhhh

    • Rob Faludi’s book on Wireless Sensor Networks is an excellent introduction to XBees, and Kate Hartman’s Make: Wearable Electronics covers this Lilypad XBee socket too.

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