LilyPad LilyMini ProtoSnap

The LilyMini ProtoSnap is a great way to get started learning about creating interactive e-textile circuits before you start sewing. Like other LilyPad ProtoSnap boards, the LilyMini ProtoSnap has all of its pieces wired together out of the box, enabling you to test the circuit’s function before you sew. At the center of the board is a pre-programmed LilyMini microcontroller connected to a LilyPad Light Sensor, LilyPad Button and two pairs of LilyPad LEDs.

The LilyMini ProtoSnap ships with pre-loaded code that uses all the LilyPad pieces connected to it. This sample code has three modes, which can be selected by pressing the LilyPad Button on the bottom-left side of the ProtoSnap. The built-in RGB LED on the LilyMini will change color to indicate which mode has been selected:

  • White: All LEDs on.
  • Magenta: LEDs fade in and out in a breathing pattern. When the light sensor is covered, LEDs fade faster.
  • Cyan: LEDs off. When the light sensor is covered, LEDs will twinkle.

The LilyMini board, at the center of the ProtoSnap, has a built-in battery holder for a CR2032 battery (included). On the opposite side of the LilyMini you will find the SAMD11 brain, which controls the ProtoSnap.

Note: A portion of this sale is given back to Dr. Leah Buechley for continued development and education in e-textiles.

Note: The LilyPad LilyMini ProtoSnap does NOT include sewing needles or conductive thread. These items will need to purchased separately.

Get Started with the LilyMini ProtoSnap Guide

Included on the ProtoSnap:

  • 1x LilyMini (battery included)
  • 1x LilyPad Light Sensor
  • 1x LilyPad Button
  • 4x LilyPad LEDs

LilyPad LilyMini ProtoSnap Product Help and Resources

Night-Light Pennant with LilyMini ProtoSnap

December 16, 2016

Use the pre-programmed LilyMini ProtoSnap to make an interactive pennant that reacts to ambient light levels.

LilyMini ProtoSnap Hookup Guide

December 17, 2016

Explore the LilyPad LilyMini ProtoSnap and learn how to use it.

Getting Started with LilyPad

October 27, 2017

An introduction to the LilyPad ecosystem - a set of sewable electronic pieces designed to help you build soft, sewable, interactive e-textile projects.

LilyPad Light Sensor V2 Hookup Guide

June 7, 2018

How to hook up the LilyPad Light Sensor as well as some project ideas and example code.

Core Skill: DIY

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.

1 DIY

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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Core Skill: Programming

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.

2 Programming

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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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

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.

2 Electrical Prototyping

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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Customer Comments

  • Can the lights and light sensor of the LilyMini be sewn to something that later on might be washed, without it getting damaged?

    • Both the lights and light sensor can be washed, but be careful. Especially with conductive thread you may want to hand wash, and make sure the garment is completely dry before applying power.

  • I started a thread over in the forum (see forum) asking when the Arduino IDE support might be appearing (was tentatively 1/1/2017 - github).

    What’s the current ETA for Arduino IDE support?

    If not full Arduino IDE support, how about source code + build instructions for the example it currently ships with?

    Thanks!

    Andrew.

    • Hi Andrew, we’re working hard to bring LilyMini support to the Arduino IDE, and are currently targeting a June 1st release date. You can contact me (mike.grusin at sparkfun.com) if you’d like source code or other information. (We haven’t released source code yet because it doesn’t use standard Arduino constructs. We’ll release full Arduino source code with the IDE support.)

      • Hi, The description now says, “The board can also be powered through the microUSB port while connected to a computer for reprogramming.” Just want to verify that this issue has been resolved before I recommend them for workshops. Thanks!

        • As of October 2017, there are still some bugs in Arduino support for the LilyMini. You can try out the current beta version using our instructions here, but we recommend carefully reading the limitations in that link and evaluating it against your actual curriculum and classroom machines before using it in any classroom setting. As an alternative, you might consider the new LilyPad ProtoSnap Plus which was also designed for classrooms and workshops and has full Arduino support.

      • Hi Mike,

        Thanks for the reply and target release date. Best laid plans of mice and… ;-)

        Andrew.

  • I’m typing this on Jan. 11, 2017, and they’re listed as “in stock”. I happened to notice the date on the schematic is 12/14/16. I’m impressed – I know the complexities of getting a new product out, though the schematic says “REV 10”, it still (likely) means a new PC board, and getting the manufacturing lined up. With all the holidays in there, less than a month is pretty good for a $15 product.

    • Credit where credit’s due: this board was a complex one for us, and development took longer than we hoped. This usually means that the last stage, production, unfairly shoulders the burden for getting it out on time. But even short-staffed for the holidays and with numerous high-priority builds on their plate, our production team quickly and flawlessly worked it into their flow. They’re the best in the business.

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It's a toy, not a tool

Given that the other Lilypads have Arduino IDE support, and given that no where in the product description does it say the LiliMini does not, and given that it has a USB port (that’s a lot of givens), it is reasonable to assume that you can reprogram this board. You cannot. At least not easily, and only by soldering a connector on for an external programmer. Five months later and still nothing. The blinking LEDs are only entertaining for so long.

Sorry to hear about the issues with the Lilypad mini. We’re still working on getting the arduino definitions and programming method setup on the new SAMD11 board that’s on the Lily mini - it’s a little different from the traditional lilypads AVR chip. We hope to have them up as quickly as possible.

I apologize for any frustration that working with the board before the Arduino USB programming capabilities are finished.

Great for teaching kids about circuits

I ordered several of these for our Maker group - It’s great for the kids to play with the functions before the incorporate them into a project. It really helps them understand how everything will need to be connected.