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LilyPad Development Simple – turn your boring shirt into an e-textile

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Wouldn’t it be nice if our clothing did more than just sit on our bodies? What if they monitored our temperature or heart rate like a Fitbit but without having to wear a Fitbit. That clothing doesn’t exist yet but you can dabble in the science of it. The LilyPad Development Simple is a set to help you get started making e-textiles.

This is a beginner’s set to help budding engineers (or seamstresses and tailors looking to up their game) turn their everyday fabric projects into responsive e-textiles. The set uses an Arduino board and components. Included in the set are a LilyPad Simple board, 4 LED boards and a buzzer. The idea is to give newbies a few simple components to get their hands dirty.

LilyPad Development Simple

Beginner is a sort of a misnomer here because it means that one does not need to be a master engineer to begin to use this set but you should have some understanding of the technology (if you don’t there’s also a very cool book that you can pick up). You do need to know how to sew, the whole thing uses conductive thread. The LilyPad Development Simple is $49.95.

Donyae’s love for technology is based on a need to survive our future robotic overlords. Know thy enemy as you know yourself. But since even odds are on the zombie future, she has also learned how to prepare squirrel. You can find her on Facebook until the robots – or zombies – rise up.

Donyae Coles – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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