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Live Unboxing of the AdaBox020!

Hi there!

If you're here, it's because you were given the gift of electronics with an AdaBox! You are a beginner who is getting started with your AdaBox or you just want to relive what it's like being a beginner at electronics again. But most of all, you want to learn how to build and make stuff with electronics!

And, you're in luck: there's never been a better time.

Gone are the days where you need thousands of dollars of equipment and lots physics/math background. Nowadays, if you want to learn to work with electronics, you can jump right in for $100 or less, and any sort of computer. And we're talking about learning a lot of electronics - from the basics of analog to the complexities of firmware. With a good pack of parts, you can build a base of knowledge that will take you from your first blinking LED to someone who can start prototyping and inventing custom products.

Who is this for?

Anyone with a computer they can install software on, an Arduino or compatible and the ability to type and click a mouse. That's pretty much the minimum. Remember, this guide is specifically for people who have purchased or received an AdaBox subscription!

You don't need to know a lot of physics or math, and just like an Art Degree isn't required for making art and being creative, you don't need to have a computer science degree. It helps if you're comfortable using computers but that's a skill most people pick up through life.

If you know how to program already - great! If not, don't worry, we'll teach you enough to be dangerous.

Who isn't this for?

While you can follow along without an AdaBox, it will not make as much sense unless you have all of the components and more which either came as a gift or purchased yourself - remember, the goal is helping beginners!

If you're an expert, please visit our hundreds other tutorials and jump right in at learn.adafruit.com

So, are you ready? Let's do this thing!

ADABOX020: THE EYE LIGHT ZONE

You are about to embark on a journey to another dimension, a dimension of curiosity, wonder and creativity. A journey into a wondrous land of electronic invention. Next stop, the ADABOX ZONE!

This Halloween, we're going to strap in and face a future so bright we have to wear LED shades to compete. No matter whether you spend all fall working on a costume, or if you throw on a a party hat before stepping out the door, this ADABOX will complement your look with style: we're at the fore-front of wearable technology with wireless-controllable Bluetooth glasses bedazzled with 116 tiny RGB LEDs.

Thanks to CircuitPython's new wireless programming capability, you can code up motion or sound-reactive patterns over the air! With BLE connectivity you can code even if all you've got is a phone or tablet.

This ADABOX comes to us courtesy of Digi-Key. Like a magical artifact that can make your thoughts come to life, Digi-Key's encyclopedic catalog is there to help you pull your fantastic inventions from the land of ideas into concrete reality.

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ADABOX020: CONTENTS

  • LED Glasses Kit - These come as a front plate containing 116 RGB LEDs and the side PCB that controls the designs
  • STEMMA QT Cable - Use this to connect the two PCBs together
  • Glasses Frames - These fashion glasses are in style if you want that chunky face-framing look. They're also great as a mechanical frame to attach the glasses PCBs to.
  • 3 x AAA Battery Holder and Batteries - This is your portable power pack for the LED glasses
  • JST PH Extension Cable - This cable is used to make it easier to clip the battery pack to your jacket or belt.
  • Small Cable Ties & Foam tape - These will let you securely attach the PCBs to the glasses frames.
  • Glasses Lanyard - Attach this to your glasses to keep em from accidentally falling on the ground when you're out and about
  • Prank Flies - If you ever have someone pick 'trick' instead of 'treat' you can sneak one of these onto their keyboard
  • Bonus Extras!

    Visit adafruit.com/adabox020 for a special unboxing.

    Visit learn.adafruit.com/adabox020 for AdaBox tutorials.

    Visit forums.adafruit.com/adabox to discuss your projects.

    For subscribers, a one-time use 10% off discount code has been added to the Adafruit account associated with your AdaBox order.

    Adafruit asks that you share your creations on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with #adabox and #adabox020

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    Previous AdaBox Releases

    ADABOX020: THE EYE LIGHT ZONE

    ADABOX019: MacroPad

    ADABOX018

    ADABOX017: GOOD FORTUNE AHEAD

    AdaBox - Pixel Show

    AdaBox015 - COME TO YOUR SENSORS

    AdaBox014 - Adafruit Circuit Playground Bluefruit + TFT Gizmo Project Pack

    AdaBox - THE MONSTER M4SK

    AdaBox012 - PyGamer

    AdaBox011 - PYPORTAL

    AdaBox010 - Rainbow Trellis

    AdaBox009 – HalloWing

    AdaBox008 – OCTO CRICKIT

    AdaBox007 – SPY

    AdaBox006 – CircuitPython

    AdaBox005 – Ready for Pi

    AdaBox004 – Making Things Dance

    AdaBox003 – The World of IoT (Curated by Digikey)

    AdaBox002 - Making Things Move

    AdaBox001 - Welcome to the Feather Ecosystem