LilyPad Vibe Board

Replacement:DEV-11008. The latest version of this board is built with surface mount motors which make it less likely to be damaged during use. This page is for reference only.

Apply 5V and be shaken by this small, but powerful vibration motor. Works great as an physical indicator without notifying anyone but the wearer.

LilyPad is a wearable 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.

  • 20mm outer diameter
  • Thin 0.8mm PCB


LilyPad Vibe Board Product Help and Resources

LilyPad Vibe Board Hookup Guide

January 16, 2019

The LilyPad Vibe Board is a small vibration motor that can be sewn into projects with conductive thread and controlled by a LilyPad Arduino. The board can be used as a physical indicator on clothing and costumes for haptic feedback.


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  • Ivan747 / about 12 years ago / 2

    LilyPad boards should come with everything needed to interface directly with the main board. This should have a small $0.10 MOSFET for driving the motor from 3 pins. It makes way more sense to me.

  • JopieK / about 13 years ago / 1

    I added support of this part to the Fritzing custom libary. You can download it at the Fritzing code site:<br /><br />
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    B.t.w. wouldn't it be handier to add another pin for driving and e.g. a MOSFET or so so that one can give it 5V but enable it from the Lilypad pins at 3.3V

    • simpleshadow / about 13 years ago / 1

      I was happy to find that you had added this to Fritzing but unfortunately I am unable to import it. I'm getting an error -- something regarding a the missing .svg's. Do you think you could remake the Lilypad parts again?

  • alfmar / about 13 years ago / 1

    I tried successfully on my Lilypad at 5V and it works well (more shaking effect than a common cellphone vibration motor), requiring something near 40mA.
    It also works on 3.7V but with a smaller effect
    In any case, it appears that it needs some time for its initial acceleration (I guess about 100-150msec) before showing its full effect.

  • Charles Martin / about 14 years ago / 1

    Is this designed to be powered by a Lilypad IO pin? The motor datasheet says it will draw 75mA but the Arduino IO pins are only rated for 40mA. Seems like a bad idea...
    Has anybody had any experience with this?

    • Bret Mattingly / about 13 years ago / 1

      I wonder if a current-limiting resistor would solve that problem. Dunno if the vibe motor NEEDS 75mA to operate.

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