Skill Level: Beginner
About the Photo
This photo is of Leah Buechley, developer of the LilyPad system. In the photo, Leah is wearing the LilyPad Arduino, a wearable e-textile technology. Leah sewed this system into her clothing, and by implementing LEDs directly into her shirt and bracelet, created an amazing display of light and color.
The photo was shot on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, CO. Pearl Street is famous in Colorado for its unique and vibrant atmosphere and was the perfect place to show off Leah's creation.
The photographer was SparkFun Director of Marketing AnnDrea, who was assisted by SparkFun Graphic Designer Lara. The photo was shot using a Canon 1DS Mark II.
About Leah's Project
Essentially, the LilyPad is a microcontroller that can be sewn into any clothing and programmed however the user wants. By hooking the LilyPad to other widgets (such as light sensors, buzzers, and accelerometers), the user can create a dynamic piece of clothing that interacts with the person wearing the clothing and with the environment around them.
More About Leah
Leah Buechley is an Assistant Professor at the MIT Media Lab where she directs the High-Low Tech research group. The High-Low Tech group explores the integration of high and low technology from cultural, material, and practical perspectives, with the goal of engaging diverse groups of people in developing their own technologies. Leah received her PhD and MS degrees in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA in physics from Skidmore College in New York.
Leah's website can be found here.