The LilyPad Sewable Electronics Kit lets you explore the wonderful world of electronic sewing (e-sewing) and e-textiles through a series of introductory projects using the LilyPad system. You'll learn how to sew basic circuits to light up LEDs, control them with buttons and switches and even experiment with a pre-programmed LilyMini circuit that reacts to ambient light levels. In addition to LilyPad LEDs and battery holders, the kit comes with two LilyPad ProtoSnap boards that let you explore the circuit before you sew the pieces into a project.
The full-color LilyPad Sewable Electronics Kit Guide (included) contains step-by-step instructions for using LilyPad pieces to create four complete sewable circuit projects with conductive thread. Easy-to-follow diagrams and troubleshooting tips make this a great introductory resource for crafters and creatives.
LilyPad is a wearable technology developed by Dr. Leah Buechley and cooperatively designed by Dr. Buechley and SparkFun. Each LilyPad component was creatively constructed with large sew tabs to allow for stitching 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. 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: Rookie - Basic hand tools are required and instructions will allow more freedom. You may need to make your own decisions on design. If sewing is required, it will be free-form.
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If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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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 9 ratings:
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Great kit for a beginner. The guide book included is a great pictorial of the projects. It's easy to understand and I like it has all the materials so you can easily learn all the components. Glad I ordered it.
5 of 6 found this helpful:
My wife is having so much fun designing and building projects with this kit. She's cackling with joy, and has more ideas than parts at this point. 5/5 plus I got kisses, win-win for us
3 of 4 found this helpful:
because i can do it after a day of teaching when my brain is fried!!! Cheers
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It's a nice kit but incomplete. We thought we will be able to do more with it.
My 8 year old decided to sew just using the PCBs without electronic thread... for that she could have used a circuit playground and felt from a crafts store. The week after I bought this, I found it in a local store for half the price. The shipping was too expensive from CO to OH. My 6 year old chose the colors for the mask but I did the cutting and sewing. There is enough material for four projects. Expect each project to take 1-3 hours.
My daughter loved this kit. "it was fun and was a good opportunity to learn more about sewing and electric currents." The instructions were at the appropriate level of detail for someone learning about basic electric circuits.
LEDs are my 9-year old's favorite toy, so she is really enjoying this. She does need to sit with a parent for most of it, but I suspect that will change as she gets more familiar with the product.
I’ve already purchased other LilyPad components and used them. I plan on purchasing and using more in the future. It’s so mentally engaging and fun to combine my interest in electronics and tech with my creative yearnings, and I know at least one friend who makes backpacks and other bags who’s very inspired to incorporate lights into her work.