This is the E-textile Basics Lab Pack, a basic wearables learning kit that can easily get you and a group of peers or students into the the world of e-textiles without having to deal with any programming or code. With this kit you will be able to learn how to sew in a variety of LEDs and other basic electronics into any fabric, power them, and make them twinkle within a few minutes!
SparkFun packages everything educators need to get started with this platform in a number of varieties that fit different classroom settings and populations. The hardware boards, thread, needles, batteries and extra parts come pre-packaged for your convenience. This specific Lab Pack includes everything for up to 10 people need to start sewing some color into different articles of clothing.
The LabPacks are SparkFun’s classroom entry point. By combining our LilyPad and E-textile tutorials with support materials SparkFun brings all the power of the open-source community to the classroom.
Note: A portion of this sale is given back to Dr. Leah Buechley for continued development and education in 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. Additionally, these batteries can not be shipped via Ground or Economy methods to Alaska or Hawaii. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
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: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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Based on 2 ratings:
The kit is a great start for new bees. However, we faced some issues. LilyTwinkle didn't work consistently. The kit can be improved greatly.
If the board seems to be giving you problems, I'd recommend reaching out to our tech support team. They should be able to help you get things sorted.
it's harder to make things light up than you'd think. if the thread isn't tight enough, it doesn't connect correctly. If it's too tight, it cuts the thread . .. 1 out of 5 will get theirs to light but it usually won't stay lit. It's frustrating, cool when it works but only if it works . . .