Reflections: The coolness of the Lilypad Arduino


During class, we learned all sorts of useful things about sensors, Arduino and programming which was really exciting and new for a technology dummy such as myself.

About Arduino

There are different types of Arduino boards such as the uno, mega and Lilypad. Leah Buechley designed the Lilypad. The Lilypad is a microcontroller and can be bought as a kit to be used for various purposes.


Input– Controller– Output

Program– Compile– Upload

Steps for downloading the software

Go to the Arduino website to download the software:

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Click “Just Download” and you are DONE!

Basic Programming Notes

How not to code:


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How to code and make a blinking LED:

Plugin LilyPad into laptop usb port.

Go to tools– board—usb lilypad arduino

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go to file– examples– basics— blink. You get a preset blinking program!

(pardon my wrong use of terms)

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There were lots of other steps but the basic gist of the lesson was to familiarise ourselves with the types of sensors available and how to go about using the software. Different inputs and outputs can be used like light, sound, proximity, movement, heat etc. There are even wireless transmittors that are able to make outputs via wifi. Overall, I have a better idea of how our class can take the project further and I am excited to see my classmates’ ideas and concepts in the next few weeks.

3 comments on “Reflections: The coolness of the Lilypad Arduino

  1. Tiffany, I enjoyed your enthusiastic description of learning code and applying it to the Arduino Lilypad. I am really pleased to see that you are not afraid to venture into new technological territory that will open up new possibilities for the class and for your own work. Many ADM students are a bit timid about programming, but not you!!

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