ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Simple Hookup Guide

Contributors: Jimb0



Interested in getting into LilyPad? Or maybe it’s Arduino that tickles your fancy? Just want to add a little white-blinky-LED zest to your vest? All of the above? The ProtoSnap LilyPad Simple is a great tool to explore any of these subjects.

The ProtoSnap LilyPad Simple Development Board in all its glory

This tutorial is aimed at getting the reader familiar with a variety of topics including: LEDs, LilyPad, Arduino, buzzers, and just circuits in general. I’ll cover the basics, like what’s going on with all those copper traces all over the ProtoSnap, and what an LED does. We’ll also discuss the steps required to load your first Arduino sketch onto the ProtoSnap.

Following that, we’ll actually demo how you can make something with the ProtoSnap. We’ll be breaking the pieces apart to build a high-tech fabric raygun!

A fabric raygun!

Before we begin though, I’d just like to say one thing. You’ve probably seen this warning a few times, but just to reiterate:

Don't snap the ProtoSnap apart! Yet.

Continuing on then…

Before You Begin

This tutorial builds upon some concepts ranging from basic electronics to sewing. If you haven’t already, it may help to review some of these tutorials:

  • E-Textile Basics - Learn the basics of wearable electronics.
  • Sewing with Conductive Thread - In the latter half of the tutorial, we’ll be breaking apart the ProtoSnap and sewing it all back together. This tutorial explains the basics of working with conductive thread.
  • Firefly Jar - This is one of the more basic e-textile circuits out there. You may want to try this one out before going all out with this example.

And there are a few general electronics concepts which might help to know a bit about:

Want more information about SparkFun's classes? Interested in getting involved with teaching electronics? Just want to talk? Sign up for our newsletter, or contact our education department.

SparkFun is a company built around one core idea – sharing ingenuity. We think everyone should have the hardware and resources to learn and play with cool electronic gadgetry.

Share, give, learn, SparkFun.

Do you regularly instruct classes and workshops in a formal or informal learning environment? SparkFun offers Educator Discounts to people teaching and sharing electronics.

Find out more.