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Things We Sell ! Wearable Electronics : Lilypad

July 17, 2018

A regular blog series featuring quick overviews of the various platforms Elmwood offers. Intro to Wearable/Sewable Electronics aka 'e-textiles' with Lilypad. Conductive thread instead of copper wire or circuit board traces. Sewing Fun ! Lilypad Ecosystem { SparkFun promoted Wearable platform } Out of the Box : Featuring a novel 'protosnap' approach: you test your circuits on the board & then snap them off & sew into your project when ready. Lilypad has many kits & options. Full range found here. All Lilypad products are Ardunio IDE based.Kits have a very quickstart approach & can get going immediately. Protosnap kits generally don't require any programming, the other boards are more versatile.  We recommend you try some of the kit projects & then move to individual component based projects....

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TRON Hoodie 2.0

July 13, 2018

v 2.0 As much fun as the 1.0 hoodie was, realized could take it up a notch by adding a  SOUND ACTIVATED POCKET INVERTER.  That way it would flash along with the beat when you wear it to a concert or on stage.  We stock a 6v and a 12v. To drive one length of EL Wire you need to use the 6V.  high-brightness-aqua-electroluminescent-el-wire-2-5-meters  + el-wire-6v-sound-activated-pocket-inverter + a 4x AA Battery Pack   Before soldering anything, it's a good idea to make sure the circuit works with alligator clips.  From Left : EL Wire adapter to sound activated inverter to 4xAA battery pack.    The dashed white lines on the inverter go to the RED lead on the battery pack.  Then...

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TRON Hoodie 1.0

July 13, 2018

v 1.0 For a good sewing starter project, I decided to replicate Adafruit's Tron Hoodie.  You only need a hoodie, needle & thread,  & some EL Wire with a battery pack. No soldering involved.    Relatively straight forward, sew thread loops around the EL wire about every 3 inches. To get a nice curve along the hood, use a tighter spacing of stitch.    Good idea to measure the inner length of your hoodie first as I ended up having enough EL wire to do half the back too.  A second consideration is if you want it inside the zipper or outside.  Inside you won't see half the EL if you zip it up.  I chose a reversible hoodie, so...

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Makerbuino Build

July 09, 2018

Click here to get your own ! Intended as a companion to read before the OFFICIAL BUILD GUIDE Some additional hints on things to be aware of during assembly.  Unboxing.      Use the buttons to prop board up to make it even for soldering.    Little containers are great for organizing kits with many parts.    You need to save your component lead 'off-cuts' so clip them off FACING AWAY from you into a small box.        Careful to distinguish between similar LOOKING parts.    Can use needle-nose pliers to bend leads out a little to make it easier to mount on the board. Be very gentle.      When preparing to insert the IC, gently & SLOWLY...

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