Retired Product

This is a retired product. There is an updated version available: DEV-11008

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Description: 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


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Customer Comments

  • 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.

  • 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

    • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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?

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

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