The LilyPad Arduino 328 Main Board is an Arduino-programmed microcontroller designed to be easily integrated into e-textiles and wearable projects. It offers the same functionality you find in other Arduino boards, in a lightweight, round package designed to minimize snagging and profile, with wide tabs that can be sewn down and connected with conductive thread.
The LilyPad Arduino consists of an ATmega328 with the Arduino bootloader and a minimum number of external components to keep it as small (and as simple) as possible. This board will run from 2V to 5V and offers large pin-out holes that make it easy to sew and connect. Each of these pins, with the exception of (+) and (-), can control an attached input or output device (like a light, motor, or switch).
Each LilyPad was creatively designed to have large connecting pads to allow them to be sewn into clothing. Various input, output, power, and sensor boards are available. They’re even washable!
Note:To program this board you will also need an FTDI adapter and mini USB cable.
- 1 x LilyPad Arduino 328 Main Board.
- 50mm outer diameter
- Thin 0.8mm PCB
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Thank you for your question, this board already has an arduino controller on the board so you would not be able to control this with a micro:bit.
1. How do I set them up and what do I need to do this?
2. How do I program them and what software do I need to do this?
3. Are they reusable?
4. What other components might I need to create a circuit?
Is there a step by step 'how to guide' I could use? I am a secondary school teacher and am hoping to use this for GCSE lessons.
Many Thanks, Polly
Thank you for your question, hopefully the below can help:
1 and 4) Lily pads are essentially extensions for other products, in the case of the product you have asked this question against, it is an arduino micro controller which has it's pins broken out. You would need a relevant power source depending on what you were attempting (2V to 5V in this case). It would then depend what project you want to attempt. If you want to make a wearables item that flashes when it is picked up then you need some LEDs and an accelerometer to code. If you want it to buzz on a switch press you would need switches and a buzzer. You will always need an FTDI adaptor and mini usb which should be linked in the product description to down load the code. There is not a step by step guide that we do as this is essentially a product for allowing you to create your own projects but Sparkfun and Arduino have some getting started guides hosted on their websites.
2) You would down load the code onto this using the the FTDI adaptor and USB cable. The coding language would depend on which micro controller in this case it is designed for arduino so C/C++ or Python.
3) They are reusable you can download and overwrite codes
I hope this helps!
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