XBee Explorer Dongle v2


This is the XBee Explorer Dongle unit for the Digi XBee module line. With the XBee Explorer Dongle you can plug the unit directly into your USB port and have it act as a gateway between your computer and the XBee. No cables needed. This unit works with all XBee modules including the Series 1 and Series 2.5, standard and Pro version.


  • The on-board voltage regulator is good up to 500mA.
  • The highlight of this board is an FT231X USB-to-Serial converter. That’s what translates data between your computer and the XBee.
  • Reset button
  • Voltage regulator to supply the XBee with plenty of power.
  • Four LEDs that’ll help if you ever need to debug your XBee: RX, TX, RSSI (signal-strength indicator)
  • Power indicator.

This board also breaks out each of the XBee’s I/O pins to a pair of breadboard-compatible headers. So if you want to make use of the XBee’s extended functionality, you can solder some header pins into those, or even just solder some wire.

Quantity : 2

LilyPad Technology

LilyPad is a wearable e-textile technology developed by Leah Buechley and cooperatively designed by Leah and SparkFun. Each LilyPad was creatively designed to have large connecting pads to allow them to be sewn into clothing. Various input, output, power, and sensor boards are available. They’re even washable, but remove batteries.

For more information about the LilyPad technology click here.


Lilypad LED White (5pcs)


  • Simple very bright
  • 250mcd
  • White LED LilyPad.

Quantity : 5


Lilypad light sensor

With exposure to daylight, this sensor will output 5V. Covering the sensor with your hand, the sensor will output 0V. In a normal indoor lighting situation, the sensor will output from 1 to 2V.


  • 20mm outer diameter
  • Thin 0.8mm PCB
  • Light sensor that outputs an analog value from 0 to 5V.

Quantity: 1


Lilypad power supply

This board was designed to be as small and inconspicuous as possible. Pop in a AAA battery, flip the power switch, and you will have a 5V supply to power your LilyPad circuit.


  • 56x26mm
  • Thin 0.8mm PCB
  • Good up to 200mA. Short circuit protected.
  • This board has AAA battery clips but can use an input from 1.2V to 5V.
  • Our lithium polymer batteries are a good, rechargeable alternative.

Quantity : 1


LilyPad Temperature Sensor

The MCP9700 is a small thermistor type temperature sensor. Doing an analog to digital conversion on the signal line will allow you to establish the local ambient temperature. Detect physical touch based on body heat and ambient conditions with this small sensor.


  • 20mm outer diameter
  • Thin 0.8mm PCB
  • This sensor will output 0.5V at 0 degrees C, 0.75V at 25 C, and 10mV per degree C.

Quantity : 1


LilyPad Accelerometer ADXL335

This is a three axis accelerometer for the LilyPad system. Based on the ADXL335 MEMS accelerometer from Analog Devices, the LilyPad Accelerometer can detect joint movement as well as inclination and vibration.

The ADXL335 outputs a 0V to 3V analog signal on each of the X, Y, and Z axis. You will need to convert this analog voltage to a gravity amount and use trigonometry to calculate a true ‘angle’. If you are not looking for tilt, it is very easy to use this sensor for basic motion sensing.


  • 20mm outer diameter
  • Thin 0.8mm PCB

Quantity : 1


LilyPad Vibe Board

Apply 5V and be shaken by this small, but powerful vibration motor. Works great as an physical indicator without notifying anyone but the wearer. This version uses a surface mount motor which is less likely to be damaged during use.


  • 20mm outer diameter
  • Thin 0.8mm PCB

Quantity : 1


Arduino LilyPad USB – ATmega32U4

An updated version the Simple board to create the LilyPad USB by replacing the classic ATMega328 with the new ATMega32U4. Not only does that mean that it’s running a variation of the latest and greatest bootloader, but it also means no more FTDI Basic. The only extra piece of hardware you need to program the LilyPad USB is a micro-USB cable, since the new IC has built-in USB support. The LilyPad USB is also officially supported in the Arduino IDE as of version 1.0.2.

Just like the LilyPad Simple, this board features a JST socket so you can directly connect a Li-Po battery for power and an on-board power switch so you can turn it off when you’re not feeling particularly blinky. These boards were designed to streamline your next sewable project by keeping things simple and giving you more room to work while eliminating the need to sew a power supply. The LiPo battery is even rechargeable through the board, no more special external LiPo chargers are required.


  • 50mm outer diameter
  • Thin 0.8mm PCB

Quantity : 1

Arduino Headers


Break Away Header 8 Pin


  • A row of headers – break to fit.
  • 8 pins that can be cut to any size eg. 2/3 pin headers .
  • Used with custom PCBs or general custom headers.

Quantity : 60


Break Away Female Headers


  • Receptacle Style: Square
  • Pin Spacing: 0.1″ (2.54 mm)
  • Receptacle Depth: 6 mm
  • Single row of 40-holes, female header.
  • Can be cut to size with a pair of wire-cutters.
  • Please note: You will probably lose one pin with each cut.

Quantity : 10


Break Away Headers – Right Angle


  • Pin Style: Square Pins
  • Number of Pins: 40
  • Pin Spacing: 0.1″ (2.54 mm)
  • Pin Length: 10.25 x 4.5 mm
  • Can be cut to size with a pair of wire-cutters.
  • They mate very well with break away male headers.
  • Please note: You will probably lose one pin with each cut.

Quantity : 2

XBee Pro 50mW Wire Antenna – Series 2 (ZB)


This is the XBee XBP24-BZ7WIT-004 module from Digi. The new Series 2B improves upon the power output and data protocol of the Pro Series2. Series 2B modules allow you to create complex mesh networks based on the XBee ZB ZigBee mesh firmware. These modules allow a very reliable and simple communication between microcontrollers, computers, systems, really anything with a serial port! Point to point and multi-point networks are supported.

Series 2B modules use a different hardware configuration from the earlier models and while they will communicate with Series 2 XBee modules, they are not compatible with the outdated Series 2.5 Modules.


  • 3.3V @ 295mA
  • 250kbps Max data rate
  • 63mW output (+17dBm)
  • 1 mile (1600m) range
  • Wire Antenna
  • Fully FCC certified
  • 6 10-bit ADC input pins
  • 8 digital IO pins
  • 128-bit encryption
  • Local or over-air configuration
  • AT or API command set

Quantity : 2

(GPS) 20 Channel EM-406A SIRF III Receiver with Antenna


The EM-406A GPS module from USGlobalSat based on the spectacular SiRF StarIII chipset. This complete module is built upon the same technology as the ET-301, but includes on-board voltage regulation, LED status indicator, battery backed RAM, and a built-in patch antenna! 6-pin interface cable included.


  • Weight: 16g including cable
  • 20-Channel Receiver
  • Extremely high sensitivity : -159dBm
  • 10m Positional Accuracy / 5m with WAAS
  • Hot Start : 1s
  • Warm Start : 38s
  • Cold Start : 42s
  • 70mA at 4.5-6.5V
  • Outputs NMEA 0183 and SiRF binary protocol
  • Smallest complete module available: 30mm x 30mm x 10.5mm

Quantity : 2

Bluetooth Modem – BlueSMiRF Silver


The BlueSMiRF Silver is the latest Bluetooth****wireless serial cable replacement from SparkFun Electronics! This version of the popular BlueSMiRF uses the RN-42 module which has a bit less range than the RN-41 module used in the BlueSMiRF Gold. These modems work as a serial (RX/TX) pipe. Any serial stream from 2400 to 115200bps can be passed seamlessly from your computer to your target.

The remote unit can be powered from 3.3V up to 6V for easy battery attachment. All signal pins on the remote unit are 3V-6V tolerant. No level shifting is required. Do not attach this device directly to a serial port. You will need an RS232 to TTL converter circuit if you need to attach this to a computer.


  • v6.15 Firmware
  • FCC Approved Class 2 Bluetooth****Radio Modem
  • Extremely small radio – 0.15×0.6×1.9″
  • Very robust link both in integrity and transmission distance (18m)
  • Hardy frequency hopping scheme – operates in harsh RF environments like WiFi, 802.11g, and Zigbee
  • Encrypted connection
  • Frequency: 2.4~2.524 GHz
  • Operating Voltage: 3.3V-6V
  • Serial communications: 2400-115200bps
  • Operating Temperature: -40 ~ +70C
  • Built-in antenna
  • Dimensions: 45×16.6×3.9mm

Quantity : 2

Sewing Equipment For Wearable Computing


Pack of 4 Soft Tailors Chalks – White, Blue, Orange & Yellow

Quantity : 1


Korbond 25 g Professional Dressmaker Pins

Quantity : 4


Korbond 30-Piece Needle Compact

Quantity : 1


Flexible Grader Ruler Millimeter & Centimeter Scales M111 – 50cm

Quantity : 4


Am-Tech A3 Cutting Mat

Quantity : 4


roll of calico 5m

Quantity : 2


Fiskars Dressmaking Scissors 25cm 9863

Quantity : 4

Muscle Wire


Muscle Wire 150um dia 1m 180-752

Muscle Wires are thin strands of a nickel tritium alloy called flexion – it is a type of shape memory. At room temperature the wire is easily stretched by a small force. When they are heated by an electric current they return they return to the pre-stretched size, contracting with a usable amount of force. Could be used for a light-weight actuators and power switches requiring low voltages that can be used in conjunction with control boxes.

An example of this includes the Basic Lever Arm. When you press the switch it lets the power through the muscle wire, heating it causing it to contact and raise the lever to lift the weight. When the power is removed the muscle wire cools and relaxes and the weight returns it to the starting position.


  • Flexinol wires contract by 3-5% irrespective of gauge size.
  • Flexinol wire is rated at >1,000,000 cycles when used as per manufacturer’s
  • Flexinol wires contract very rapidly – as fast as you can heat them.
    Wires relax more slowly – it is dependant on ambient cooling conditions.
  • Wires must be pulled back to their original, relaxed condition by external
    means eg. sping, gravity, rubber band.

For more information click here.


  • Muscle Wire 150um dia 1m 180-752 (3 metres available)
  • Muscle Wire 100um dia 1m 180-751 (3 metres available)

Wearable Computing


Soft potentiometer kit

This is a soft potentiometer that is perfect for controlling a flashing LED or the tone of a buzzer. It is compatible with Arduino inputs. The kit includes 1 meter of knitted conductive tape and a metal ring.


  • Resistance of 9kOkm circa 50cm
  • Made of polyester with a stainless steel metal ring
  • Conductive once sewn
  • Not solderable, electrically insulated or knittable
Knitted coated copper tape (1 linear metre)

This is a small conductive tape that is only 9mm wide. It is very flexible and easy to cut with scissors, it can be sewn with a standard sewing machine.


  • Resistance of 107 Ohm/m
  • Made of coated copper fine wire of 112 micron.
  • Can be sewn with sewing machine
  • Can be easily welded, just solder it as a standard non coated copper wire.

Ripstop conductive fabric

This is a conductive knit fabric for use in e-textiles. It is similar in feel to a nylon ripstop material. This is a great add-on to any LilyPad project.


  • Easily sew electronic features into your next project
  • It is highly conductive with a surface resistivity of < 1 ohm/sq.
  • Great for use with the LilyPad
  • Dimensions: 12 x 13″ (304.8 x 330.2 mm)

Conductive Fabric – 12″x13″ MedTex130

This is a conductive knit fabric for use in e-textiles. It is silver-plated nylon that is stretchy in both directions. This is a great add-on to any LilyPad project. Medtex 130 Ag Nylon stretch. It is a bit thinner than our Medtex 180.


  •  It is highly conductive with a surface resistivity of < 1 ohm/sq.
  • Easily sew electronic features into your next project
  • Great for use with the LilyPad
  • Dimensions: 12 x 13″ (304.8 x 330.2 mm)

Conductive Fabric – 12″x13″ MedTex180

This is a conductive knit fabric for use in e-textiles. It is silver-plated nylon that is stretchy in one direction. This is a great add-on to any LilyPad project. Medtex 180 Ag Nylon single directional stretch. It is a bit thicker than the Medtex 130.


  • It is highly conductive with a surface resistivity of < 1 ohm/sq.
  • Easily sew electronic features into your next project
  • Great for use with the LilyPad
  • Dimensions: 12 x 13″ (304.8 x 330.2 mm)

Conductive Thread – 60g (Stainless Steel)

What sets this thread apart from the other conductive thread that we carry is the fact that it’s actually spun from stainless steel fibers (as opposed to plated silver) and doesn’t have a Nylon core. This means that while it may not be easy to solder to, because it’s stainless, it also won’t burn up when you touch it with a soldering iron. Our resident E-Textiles expert suggests waxing the thread for hand sewing, as this should take care of any ‘hairy thread’ issues. Since waxing is impractical in machine sewing applications, avoid sewing close connections by machine as the ‘hairs’ could potentially short across small distances.


  • Made from Stainless Steel Fibers
  • Resistance: 28 Ohms/ft
  • 360 yards

For more information about components for wearable technology please click here.