LilyPad Arduino: e-textile construction kit version 2.0
As of October 2007: get your own LilyPad kit from Spark Fun!
To get started with the LilyPad, see this tutorial.
Spring 2007. There is no reason for fabric circuits to mimic the look of traditional PCBs. My version 2.0 construction kit explores a new aesthetic for electronics.
The e-textile construction kit was designed to empower novices to work with electronic textiles. Using the kit, you can build your own soft interactive clothing. The patches shown here, built with my iron-on circuit technique, are small, sewable computer chips. Each patch functions as a stitchable Arduino.
The patches are 2.5 inches in diameter, but have a very small hard footprint (about the size of a nickel). Each patch contains a surface mount (SMT) ATmega8 microcontroller and an SMT switch, LED and resistor.
Other images show middle school students building their own wearables. These pictures were taken during a week-long workshop I taught (with lots of help from Jaime Catchen and Ali Crockett) in June 2007.
More pictures of the LilyPad on Flickr.
Pictures from a June 2007 workshop on Flickr.
Picutures from a February 2007 workshop on Flickr.