Here at Adafruit, we sell all of these amazing components, but we couldn't find a good way to interact with them over the internet. There are certainly a lot of great services out there for datalogging, or communicating with your microcontroller over the web, but these services are either too complicated to get started, or they aren't particularly fun to use. So, we decided to experiment with our own system, and that is how Adafruit IO got started.
The API is the core of the system, but with only an API, it's not that fun to use. We've built a few basic client libraries to simplify working with the API. We also have a dashboard with a few widgets that allow easy 2-way interaction with your devices. We plan on adding many more features, such as mapping and location awareness for your devices, triggers based on custom parameters, email alerts and more.
Adafruit IO Basics & AdaBox
Over the last couple months we have been publishing guides to teach people the basics of Adafruit IO. The sneaky part is that we have been using only AdaBox 003 parts on the guide examples! This means that you can open up your AdaBox and follow all of the Adafruit IO Basics guides. By the end of the guides you will be an Adafruit IO Pro and will be able to take your new knowledge and create amazing projects that you can interact with.
Be sure to check back to this guide as more Adafruit IO guides will be published over time using your AdaBox 003 parts.