Sparkfun has bundled two versions of the famous and fabulous Wearable Electronic DIY system around Leah Buechley’s LilyPad Arduino e-textile system for the Do-It-Yourself enthusiasts.
You can check out the two LilyPad kits first hand during the Maker Fair which takes center-stage this weekend in Austin.
If you can it make to Austin you can (pre) order the E-Sewing or Pro Kit.
A few hours before writing this post I checked SparkFun’s online store and both kits have been available but at the moment of writing they are out of stock. It seems the LilyPads selling out at this moment like hot cakes. Luckily I ordered my share of LilyPads last week already.
The LilyPad E-Sewing kit is targeted towards beginners making the first step into wearable electronic. The kit contains LilyPad LEDs, buttons, coin-cell batteries and holder and conductive thread. All you need is a needle and you are ready to add some sparkle to your outfit.
Once the e-Sewing kit is fully explored you might then move on to the LilyPad Pro Kit which contains the LilyPad Mainboard, power supply, USB link and cable.
Tutorials and inspiration are free to collect on Leah’s site. I am just starting to explore the potential of the LilyPad system but I can already say: fantastic simple to use and a lot of fun to play around with.