These two new kits from Sparkfun debuted at Maker Faire Austin this year, and I can say from playing with them that they’re really cool. If you’re interested in getting started with soft electronics or the LilyPad Arduino, the worlds first sewable microcontroller, give these a whirl:
Lilypad E-Sewing Kit
The LilyPad e-sewing kit contains the bits to sew LEDs into any piece of clothing. Add turn signals to a jacket, accentuate a t-shirt, or light-up your favorite pair of jeans with this simple to use kit. This kit contains the very basics to the LilyPad system. It’s a great entry-level kit for people who want to experiment with wearable electronics. Consider adding the LilyPad Pro Kit to extend control and use of the LilyPad system.
- 5 LilyPad Bright White LEDs
- 3 LilyPad Button Boards
- 2 Coin Cell Batteries 20mm
- 1 Coin Cell Holder
- 1 Spool 4Ply Conductive Thread
LilyPad Pro Kit
Think of this kit as an ‘add-on’ to the LilyPad E-Sewing Kit. The LilyPad Pro Kit gives you the full flexibility and power of the LilyPad system. Program the LilyPad main board to respond to physical changes in light, sound, or motion. Create displays of light, sound, and get physical feedback using the various LilyPad periphery boards.
- LilyPad Mainboard
- LilyPad Power Supply
- LilyPad USB Link
- Mini USB Cable
Here are some project we’ve featured on the CRAFT/MAKE blogs to get you inspired:
WAY more projects after the jump including how to make soft sensors! If I forgot your favorite soft circuit project, post it up in the comments.
made with the Open Heart Kit, designed to be sewn!
LED Felt Ornaments Kit, no soldering required!