LilyPad Arduino Simple - A First Test with Conductive Fabric © LGPL

Does the LilyPad convince in its field of application: the wearable?

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"The LilyPad Arduino Simple is designed for e-textiles and wearables projects. It can be sewn to fabric and similarly mounted power supplies, sensors and actuators with conductive thread.", so the text on the product page of the still about 18 euro expensive devices. I have needed it with LilyPad LEDs and various conductive fabrics: just right to get to the bottom of the slogan.

The LilyPads are available in a whole range of products in different versions and cover with their large contacts the wearable area. They are ideal for quick experiments with crocodile clips.

The wearable market is being wooed by other products like the Gemma, as well as the Adafruit Flora.

The picture shows a simple construction of (+) and (-) pol with a 3.7 Volt LiPo without Sketch.

For the further tests with the conductive materials this simple Sketch was used:

int pinLED = 10;
void setup() {
pinMode(LED_BUILTIN, OUTPUT);
pinMode(pinLED, OUTPUT);
}
void loop() {
digitalWrite(LED_BUILTIN, HIGH);
digitalWrite(pinLED, HIGH);
delay(1000);
digitalWrite(LED_BUILTIN, LOW);
digitalWrite(pinLED, LOW);
delay(1000);
}

LED with Direct Cable Connection via Crocodile Clips

simple start with crocodile clips

LED with Different Conductive Fabric Connections

The big sellers offers a nice portfolio with different conductive fabrics. Here is a small selection shown:

1 conductive fabric

3 different conductive fabric

2 different conductive fabric

1 conductive fabric

1 conductive fabric

In Sum

With its small and round character, the LilyPad appeals to the makers in the wearable environment. He fulfills his advertising promise and can be used in a variety of ways. Of course, this simple sketch can also be readjusted with other devices, but the mobility factor is lost.

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