Here is a list of Arduino kits you can buy to use in this workshop.
I would recommend the adafruit Starter Pack for most people, but I wanted to offer some other choices and options.
If people are interested in the LilyPad for wearable applications, I would still start with another starter kit to get familiar with the basics first. Embedding electronics in garments is a little tricky, requiring soldering and sewing.
|$65.00||Everything you need for basic projects and then some: USB cable, AC & battery, breadboard, wires, components, and a prototyping shield (requires soldering). This is good if you’ll want to do more than simple exercises.|
|$49.50||This will get you going at a minimal cost. You can add other stuff later if you stay interested.|
|“Getting Started with Arduino”||Adafruit.com
|$12.95||A lovely little book by Arduino founder Massimo Banzi that is a thorough introduction to using Arduino hardware and software, for those who like nicely illustrated explanations on paper.|
|$94.95||A starter kit that has a lot more components than the adafruit one, plus a set of sample exercises and booklet. Does not have battery or AC power adapters (for untethered applications).|
|$59.95||Another starter kit, but with fewer parts and components than the Inventor’s Kit.|
|“Getting Started with Arduino”||Sparkfun.com
|$10.95||Same book as above, from a different vendor.|
|LilyPad Pro Kit||Sparkfun.com
|$39.95||A version of the Arduino designed specifically for wearable applications. It is waterporrof and can be sewn into graments. Requires soldering, so not for the beginner, but very cool.|
|LilyPad E-Sewing Kit||Sparkfun.com
|$19.95||An add-on pack for the LilyPad with versions of components that can be sewn into fabric and clothing.|