The LilyPad ProtoSnap Plus is a sewable electronics prototyping board that you can use to explore circuits and programming, then break apart to make an interactive fabric or wearable project. Programming the ProtoSnap Plus is easy with the free Arduino software you’ll need to program the ATmega32U4 on LilyPad USB Plus at the heart of the board. Once you’ve installed the software, you’ll be able to write and upload your own programs to the board, making it do almost anything you want.
At the center of the ProtoSnap Plus is the LilyPad USB Plus microcontroller, pre-wired to a LilyPad board including a LilyPad Light Sensor, LilyPad Buzzer, LilyPad Button Board, four pairs of colored LilyPad LEDs and a LilyPad Slide Switch. Because these components are connected together on the ProtoSnap board, you can test out your project ideas before you sew. The ProtoSnap Plus also includes expansion ports that let you sew your wearables together or use alligator cables to easily connect external sensors and components. After testing out your coding ideas using the attached LilyPad pieces, you can break apart the prototyping board and sew them into your project!
Please be aware that the Lilypad ProtoSnap Plus is NOT supported on Windows 7/8 due to a lack of support drivers for those specific OS’s.
Note: A portion of this sale is given back to Dr. Leah Buechley for continued development and education in e-textiles.
Included on the ProtoSnap
1- Press the RESET twice quickly and you should see a blue LED fading in and out for about 8 seconds.
2- Quickly, go to /Tools/Port and select the port labeled ‘LilyPad USB Plus.’ If it’s not there, get out of /Tools/Port, retry step 1 and then retry this step. You don’t have much time between pressing the button twice and selecting the port, so it may take a few tries to get this to work.
3- Once you have that com port selected, make sure you have the Arduino IDE set to a board type of ‘LilyPad USB Plus.’
4- Open up the ‘Blink’ example from /File/Examples/01.Basics/Blink.
5- Click the ‘upload’ button in Arduino.
6- Once you see ‘Uploading…’ appear in the status bar in Arduino, quickly double press RESET again. The ‘Blink’ sketch should upload and you will see a blinking green LED on the board. If that happens, the board is now recovered and ready to go.
7- If it doesn’t work, try step 6 again. The timing can be tricky to get this step to work and it may take a few tries to get the code to upload, but once it does, you’re in the clear.
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