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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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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.