Dispatches From the World of E-Textiles and Education
Edited By Leah Buechley, Kylie Peppler, Michael Eisenberg and Yasmin Kafai
Vignette: LilyPad Arduino Embroidery
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The LilyPad Arduino Embroidery (2008) is a sampler of stitches and electronic components, combining traditional embroidery floss with lights and sounds generated by the program running on the tiny sewable LilyPad circuit board. The speed of the flashing lights and pitch of the sound are related to a light sensor’s readings.
Just as colored shapes of stitched floss make up the embroidered design, strands of conductive thread form pathways for electricity to travel across the surface of the fabric. The design makes the circuit’s connections visible on purpose, so that the viewer can discover how it works. In this sense the design is open source.
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