Event was Jan3-4th 2013 and was AWESOME!!
After Action Review: Theo arrived about 430pm at airport. We grabbed some food and got to the space about 545. We had a whole lotta new folks and several we had not seen in awhile, as well as regulars. Thurs night turned into a lot of overview of e-textiles and talk – along with a 1/2 doz other things happening around the space. Theo couch surf’d at Makers East (my home in Haiku) and after breakfast at Market Fresh Bistro (my fav food) we were back at makerspace by 1130am (yeah a bit late but we’re on maui time.). There were 3-5 people who returned to learn programming and more details of the Lilypad/Arduino. Lots of inspiration and sharing. (class material and more on Lilypad is at the Learn.Sparkfun.com site) We have decided to have an Arduino Corner at our Thursday Meetings for people to share experiences and learn more. This may evolve into its own night and/or weekend daytime meetup. We shall see. Here are some pics of the event…
Sewing Microcontrollers and Electronics? Yes!!!
Maui Makers is pleased to host a vacationing elf from Sparkfun Electronics who is bringing several ProtoSnap LilyPad Developer Kits to give away at our Thursday Jan 3rd public night 6-9pm in Pu’unene. (The Elf is available Friday Jan 4th daytime to continue if people want to do so)
Come down and learn how to program a microcontroller, make LEDs blink, motors vibrate, sense light/temperature… and then sew it into your clothing! Event and kits are free. Limited number of LilyPad Dev Kits are available on first come-first receive basis.
For directions, etc. see map etc in right column or the info page on Thursday Night Meetings
About the LilyPad Dev Board…
“The ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board is designed to get you started in the world of e-textiles. Combining a LilyPad Simple Board with other LilyPad components like a buzzer, a vibration motor, an RGB LED, a button, a switch, five LEDs, a light sensor, and a temperature sensor, the ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board lets you dive right into wearable electronics. When you’ve learned how to program the LilyPad Arduino Simple Board, break apart the components and explore the power of the LilyPad platform.”
Basically an Arduino board with sensors/effectors built into board, that you can later snap apart and sew back together on clothing… conductive thread included!!!
What can you do with e-textiles? Well check out the examples this new article just posted by MAKE magazine
- Soundie – a touch sensitive Hoodie (lights up & sounds off when touched)
- LED Night life necklace – glows at night
- EMSL’s soft circuit merit badge
How do you sew electronics with conductive thread? Check out the post I did earlier this year on our class at the Hawaii Stem Conference.
Check the Soft Circuits category over on the right column for other related posts here.