This material is intended to teach wearables or e-textiles, a way to prototype and create projects without a breadboard.

These materials are intended to help educators who are teaching Intro to Arduino or Arduino and Processing and don’t want to have to use a soldering iron to embed the electronics. Sew microcontrollers into your teddy bear, kite or jacket for some project based learning you can hug, fly or wear!

Concepts covered include

  • Programming the LilyPad Development Board in Arduino.
  • Making LEDs blink, using the RGB LED.
  • Reading values from the light sensor.
  • Serial communication.
  • Basic hand sewing with conductive thread.
  • Troubleshooting and avoiding short circuits.
  • Calculating battery life.
  • Ohm’s law.
  • Making a switch using conductive thread and conductive fabric.

Combining a LilyPad Simple Board with other LilyPad components like a buzzer, a vibration motor, an RGB LED, a button, a switch, five LEDs, a light sensor, and a temperature sensor, this material lets you dive right into wearable electronics. Once you’ve learned how to program the LilyPad Arduino Simple Board, you can break apart the components and explore the power of e-textiles.

LilyPad with programming instructions.