A simple, very bright, 250mcd, white LED LilyPad. Light up the night!
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!
Note: A portion of this sale is given back to Dr. Leah Buechley for continued development and education of e-textiles.
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 3 ratings:
These were really nice. Easy to use and with the option to easily connect them to a paper circuit using tape.
For over a year, 505access has been presenting "Lighten Up: Using Light in Designs". Lighten Up is a fun Workshop that aims to introduce kids of all ages to electronics and e-textiles. We have been using the LilyPad LED White in the bookmark kits that also include a pair of metal snaps, a sewable CR2032 battery holder, CR2032 battery and a needle threaded with conductive thread. Along with these kits, we provide felt, felt stickers, bias tape, beads and other craft materials.
These Workshops are based on workshops presented by Parachute Factory (http://parachutefactory.org/), a makerspace in Las Vegas, NM. Parachute Factory's workshops were themselves based on the Bookmark Book Light in _Sew Electric_ by Leah Buechley and Kanjun Qiu. The major difference being the mechanism used for on/off -- we use metal snaps. Our handouts are posted at 505access.com as are pics from our Workshops:
We hope to help more kids of all ages Lighten Up!
(added September 2016) We continue to use these LED in our Lighten Up! workshops. Keeping with the spirit of the Maker Movement, we shared and encouraged others to modify our e-textile designs for their own purposes. These LED are very easy to use by novice and experienced alike!