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LilyPad Beginner's Kit

Replacement:DEV-10958. We've replaced this kit with the very nifty ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board. This page is for reference only.

The LilyPad Beginner's Kit is a great way to get started with the LilyPad e-textiles platform. Using the parts in this kit you can create e-textile projects that sense and react to light and temperature with LEDs, buzzers and even vibrating motors. The brain of this outfit is the Arduino-compatible LilyPad Simple Board, which you can program with the included LilyPad FTDI breakout.

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!



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  • markmoran / about 12 years ago / 1

    My wife and I just made our first Arduino project using this kit, a knit hat for our 3-month-old daughter.

  • Member #250043 / about 13 years ago / 1

    This kit needs to have a Mini-USB included in it like the other LilyPad kits. I did not think about this when I ordered it thinking:
    1> I thought I had a Mini-USB in that pile of USB cables ( I had USB to micro, RJ-45 and 11, proprietary, every thing but Mini )
    2> I just kind of assumed it did quickly comparing this one to the LilyPad Pro kit and LilyPad Snap Development board / kits come with one.
    I know it is my fault for not looking more carefully but it is a "Beginners Kit".

  • Note that this kit does not come with a LiPo charger!
    I feel that is an omission, if minor.
    If you don't already have a Lithium Polymer charger to charge the battery in this kit, choose one from this listing:

    • MikeGrusin / about 13 years ago * / 2

      The LilyPad Simple does have a LiPo charger chip on it, and will happily recharge the battery when the FTDI board is plugged into your computer.

      • I'm too much of a newbie to read the LilyPad Simple schematic, so the phrase "adds a charging circuit based on the MCP73831 IC." on the description was not explicit enough to get the point across to me.
        Perhaps the LilyPad Simple product description could include the fact that LiPo batteries will be charged when the FTDI board is attached to USB power?

  • Wascally Wabbit / about 13 years ago / 1

    Would like to know if I can interface XBee with the board in this kit.

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