New product designed specifically for e-textiles, helping to inspire school children, students and home users to create their own wearable technology.Following customer demand and based on the results of an EU funded research project, Kitronik is delighted to announce the launch of 'Igloo'. The new sewable PICAXE control board has been designed specifically for use within e-textiles projects and provides a cost effective, fun way to learn about electronics and programming within an e-textiles environment. Priced at just under £5 Igloo is considerably cheaper than other products currently available and is therefore more accessible for schools and home users. It is hoped that Igloo will inspire more people to create their own e-textiles project or piece of wearable technology and support teachers in the delivery of innovative e-textiles lessons. Introducing Igloo Part of Kitronik’s popular ‘Electro Fashion’ range, Igloo is a sewable PICAXE control board which has been designed to offer an easy introduction to the world of wearable technology. The programmable board can be used across a wide range of e-textile themes and enables the endless possibilities of programming to be added to wearable projects. The board uses a PICAXE14M2 microcontroller, a chip that can be programmed using the free PICAXE Programming Editor software to respond to various inputs like switches and sensors and control outputs such as LEDs or buzzers, making it perfect for use within e-textiles. Please click here to view the Igloo launch video. As shown in the video, the board is packed full of features and has large and therefore reliable connection points for conductive thread. All Igloos’ features are listed below.
- Built in PICAXE 14M2 programmable IC.
- On-board dimmable white LED.
- On-board switch.
- 6 sewable I/O pins.
- JST connector and sewable '+' and '-' pads.
- 3.5mm stereo jack for programming.
- Low profile and compact size.
ENDSNotes to editor: About Kitronik Kitronik is owned and run by two electronics graduates who believe that electronics should be accessible to everyone. Since forming the company in late 2005 Kitronik has continued to produce resources and products that allow teachers and hobbyists to get involved in electronics and coding. So far the Company has inspired over 1,000,000 people to solder and build their very own electronic project (the 1,000,000 figure is based on sales of electronic kits). The company supplies directly to 3,000 secondary schools and also via its website. In addition to basic electronic kits, Kitronik offer a number of products for people who want to customise their electronics. It offers a range of products that can be programmed by flowchart or code to implement in their projects. The company is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of educational e-textiles kits which allow people to add lights to their textiles project using its Electro-Fashion range. The parts are connected (sewn together) using conductive thread that Kitronik has specially made and require no soldering. Every Kitronik kit has an accompanying teaching resource pack, allowing people to not only build the kit, but to find out how it works. The resource section of its website is well received by teachers as it contains a range of tutorials, datasheets, project ideas and interactive teaching which all make the job of delivering exciting electronics easy. The extensive e-textiles resources cover all the basics as well as a wide range of projects. Further information & interviews Kitronik Co-founders Kevin Spurr and Geoff Hampson are available for interviews and further comments. Please contact Chris Mitchell at RedTree PR on 0115 925 5499, 07743 897 748 or email Chris.Mitchell@redtreepr.com to arrange.
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