ADABOX003 is designed to introduce a new person the joys of making electronics and specifically the world of IoT.  With our friends at Digi-Key, we decided to come up with a fun pack of parts that:

  • Could introduce a beginner to making
  • Does not require any additional tools or paid software
  • Teaches electronics and programming skills
  • Does not assume any prior experience
  • Comes with enough fun parts that could be combined and adapted for months or years
  • Introduce beginners to the growing world of the Internet of Things

Kit Contents

After lots of thinking here's what we came up with:

  • DHT22 Temperature-Humidity Sensor - This is a basic, low-cost digital temperature and humidity sensor. It uses a capacitive humidity sensor and a thermistor to measure the surrounding air, and spits out a digital signal on the data pin.
  • Micro Servo - Tiny little servo can rotate approximately 180 degrees (90 in each direction), and works just like the standard kinds you're used to but smaller.
  • PIR Motion Sensor - PIR sensors are used to detect motion from pets/humanoids from about 20 feet away (possibly works on zombies, not guaranteed). This one has an adjustable delay before firing (approx 2-4 seconds), adjustable sensitivity and we include a 1 foot (30 cm) cable with a socket so you can easily reposition the sensor or mount it using the two drills on either side
  • Half Size Breadboard - This is a cute half size breadboard, good for small projects.  Also essential for most electronics projects.
  • Medium Vibration Sensor Switch - The "poor man's" accelerometer/motion sensor! These spring-vibration switches are medium sensitivity non-directional vibration induced trigger switches.
  • AdaBox003 Component Bag - Includes:
    • Photo Cell
    • Diffused RG LED
    • 10k Potentiometer
    • Piezo Buzzer
    • 10K 5% 1/4W Resistors
    • 560ohm 5% 1/4W Resistors
    • Diffused 10mm Red LED
    • DIffused 10mm Green LED
    • 12mm Tactile Switches
    • SPDFT Switch

What's not included

  • Micro USB Cable - We figure most of you have these already and wanted to use the space in the box for some more goodies.  If you don't have a USB cable, you can always pick one up here.

Bonus parts (for subscribers only!)

  • Lithium lon Polymer Battery - 3.7v 5OOmAh - Lithium ion polymer (also known as 'lipo' or 'lipoly') batteries are thin, light and powerful. The output ranges from 4.2V when completely charged to 3.7V. This battery has a capacity of 500mAh for a total of about 1.9 Wh.  Great for taking your project on the go!
  • PCB Ruler - Digi-Key Edition  - Our friends at Digi-Key tossed in their always handy version of the Adafruit PCB ruler - the PCB to ruler them all.
  • AdaBox Collectible Pin - Nimbus the Friendly Cloud Entity is our Internet of Things mascot. It floats above and around your connected devices with a mischievous and ethereal glow. Nimbus is always happy when makers build devices to join it.  Whether they be trash cans, sinks, lamps, or toasters, Nimbus is always present and will never judge.


This guide was first published on Mar 15, 2017. It was last updated on Sep 03, 2016.

This page (Unboxing AdaBox 003) was last updated on Jan 03, 2017.

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