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Sew Electric Perfect Paperback – October 30, 2013
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Sew Electric combines craft, electronics, and programming and presents them in a wonderfully clear but whimsical way. The delightful projects should engage kids and adults of all ages. I wish I had this book when I was growing up, but I'm glad it's not too late for me to play!
--Joi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab
I wish I'd had this book when I was young. I didn't figure out until college that designing and building software would satisfy the same creative urge as the sewing and art projects I did when I was younger. Bringing together craft and technology makes so much sense! Sew Electric will inspire the next generation of designers and engineers to dream big from early on.
--Jocelyn Goldfein, Director of Engineering, Facebook
With this book, Buechley and Qiu break new ground. One of the best educational resources I have seen in recent years - easy to understand, gorgeously designed, and showing a deep respect for young people's ideas and intellectual passions.
--Paulo Blikstein, Director of the Transformative Learning Technologies Lab, Stanford University
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Cons: Some of the projects don't work. The first 2, the bracelet and the bookmark, run off of coin cell batteries (2032) and a single battery of this type just doesn't have the power that will work with the Lillypad electronics. I had a group of adults and children make the bracelet project and not a single bracelet worked. No threads were crossed, all of the connections were solid. I did not have a multimeter with me at the time, but I did have a bag of 5mm LEDs. The 5mm LEDs worked just fine with with bracelets using coin cell batteries, where the Lillypad leds (tiny circuit board like) did not.
The book is beautiful and full of very enticing projects, but will require a fair amount of troubleshooting. A multimeter wouldn't be a bad idea. There may be problems in the thread, the electronics, the batteries, etc.. There might be some kids that will be interested in the 'find out what's wrong' part, but most are going to be captivated by the leds actually lighting up.
Book: The book arrives shrink wrapped. Printed on nice paper, slick and looks very easy to read.
Material List: The appendix contains two material lists. One list for electronics and tools and one list for craft materials.
Here is a breakdown of these two lists:
Electronics - book estimates cost of $80 (p 168-169)
Coin cell battery (3volt CR2032 - but see other reviewer recommends 5 volt)
Lilypad coin cell battery holder ($6) It is suggested you can make your own.
Conductive thread - $3
Lilypad Arduino Simple Snap $30
Lilypad Arduino Protoboard $10
FTDI Breakout Board $15
Lilypad Speaker/Lillybad Buzzer $1
Mini-usb cable $5
Crafts (p 170-171)approximate cost $20-$30
Embroidery thread or "floss" $1
Glue (any kind) $5
Large eyed needle $2
Polyester filling $15
Fleece or felt $10 per yard
Aluminum foil $2
Iron on adhesive $15
Misc. scissors, paper, pencils, chalk ($5-10)
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I suggest if you are interested in this emerging technology, try it on your own first before giving as a gift.
While this book is aimed at reaching girls, it is certainly not limited to them.
I have little to no experience with programming, building electronics, or arts and crafts, but I was able to follow the steps easily and create some really cute projects! I first made a bookmark with a rocket ship as the centerpiece. Using the coin battery and conductive threads, I was able to create the light-up bookmark in no time! The highlight was turning on the battery and watching the LED shine brightly as the flames of the rocket ship. It was incredibly confidence-boosting to be able to complete this project before moving on to more difficult and larger projects such as the light-up monster (I ended up creating a minion, which is one of the infinite creative licenses you can take).
I would highly recommend this book as a teaching tool or for your own enjoyment, regardless of age or gender. The book is beautifully illustrated, and the instructions are clear. The troubleshooting tidbits are also very helpful, especially for folks who don't work with circuits often. At the end of it, you will have a bunch of adorable projects to indicate how much you have learned and how interesting sewing, programming, and electronics can be!