Unboxing AdaBox 008

Sometimes we wonder if robotics engineers ever watch movies. If they did, they'd know that making robots into slaves always ends up in a robot rebellion. Why even go down that path? Here at Adafruit we believe in making robots our friends!

This ADABOX is based around CRICKIT a Creative Robotics and Interactive Creations tool KIT. When paired with motors, servos, a Circuit Playground Express and your own creativity, you'll be able to craft your very own Robot Friend!

AdaBox 008 Contents

Adafruit Crickit for Circuit Playground Express + Mounting Kit

 

Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express that lets you #MakeRobotFriend using CircuitPython, MakeCode, or Arduino.

 

Bolt on your Circuit Playground using the included stand-off bolts and start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends the Circuit Playground so you can still use all the goodies on the CPX, but now you have a robotics playground as well.

Adafruit Circuit Playground Express + USB Cable

 

Circuit Playground Express is the next step towards a perfect introduction to electronics and programming.

 

Because you can program the same board in 3 different ways -- CircuitPython, MakeCode,  & Arduino -- the Express has great value and re-usability. From beginners to experts, Circuit Playground Express has something for everyone.

 

Here's just some of what's baked into this board: NeoPixels, motion sensor, temperature sensor, light sensor, sound sensor, speaker, IR transmitter/receiver, buttons, slide switch, and alligator clip friendly pads!

AA Battery Holder & 3 AA Batteries

Power your Crickit and Circuit Playground Express with this battery pack and batteries. The 2.1mm plug is a perfect fit for the Crickit's power jack.

8 Ohm Speaker

Listen up! This tiny 1" diameter speaker cone is the perfect addition to any small audio project where you need an 8 Ω impedance and will be using 0.5W or less of power. We particularly like this cone as it's very simple and its metal body is extremely lightweight.

 

Plugs right into the amplified Speaker output terminal blocks on the Crickit!

2x DC Gear Motors & 2 x Motor Wheels

Perhaps you've been assembling a new robot friend, adding a computer for a brain and other fun personality touches. Now the time has come to let it leave the nest and fly on its own wings– err, wheels! 

These durable (but affordable!) plastic gearbox motors (also known as 'TT' motors) are an easy, low-cost way to get your projects moving. This is a TT DC Gearbox Motor with a gear ratio of 1:48, and it comes with 2 x 200mm wires with breadboard-friendly 0.1" male connectors. Perfect for plugging into a breadboard or terminal blocks.

The Orange & Clear TT Motor Wheels are equipped with nice, thick silicone treads and press-fit design to make connecting super quick and easy. Make cute robots today with a couple of these orange wheels!

Motor Pulley and 3 x Paddle Wheels

Mechanical transmission for the win, this simple plastic pulley can attach to your TT motor to transmit rotation from the motor axle to...somewhere else.

This is a very useful part when you require more than wheels for your robotics project. A belt and pulley solution can be light-weight and very efficient. 

This TT Motor Pulley has a slot for fitting onto our DC gearbox motors and even comes with a mounting screw for secure attachment. A belt is not included, you could use a rubber band, twine, yarn or any other strong and flexible material with a 2mm diameter.

These paddle wheels in small, medium, and large are excellent for attaching all sorts of things to your motors, such as popsicle sticks, flailing weighted yarn dangly bits, or ???

Standard and Micro Servo Pack

This pair of high-torque standard servo and tiny micro servo can each rotate approximately 180 degrees (90 in each direction). Code them to do your rotational bidding in CircuitPython, MakeCode, or Arduino running on the Circuit Playground Express -- the Crickit board has four dedicated PWM Servo outputs. Plug them in and go!

Googly Eyes

Add personality to your robots with googly eyes! Glue or tape these on to nearly any object for instant charm.

Cardboard Rivet Kit

Instead of slapping on tape or waiting for your hot glue to warm up, you can use these Large Plastic Rivets! So easy to install. Just poke them through the cardboard and fasten with the back piece. This will ensure clean, movable joints and attachments. You can even remove them with some effort (but they'll hold as long as you don't pry them apart)

R is for Robot Coloring Book is a coloring book adventure with robots, their inventors and more.

Makers of all ages can learn, color and share their favorite robots and roboticists.

Ranging from Isaac Asimov and his three laws of robotics to the Jacquard loom, the R is for Robotics A-Z coloring book is not just an art class endeavor, but also a history lesson and a homage to the past and to the future of robotics.

Adafruit Robot Friend Sticker

Such robot! So happy! Slap Adabot's grinning visage onto your laptop, lunchbox, skateboard deck, guitar case, ferret crate, refrigerator, oscilloscope, wiffle ball bat, moped, Dungeon Master's screen, Unimog windshield, trapeze bar, nunchaku, boombox, or Trapper Keeper.

Make-Up Sticker Sheets

These three sheets of stickers are perfect for adding facial expressions to your favorite robots!

Adafruit Crickit Sticker Sheet

Who is this adorable little bug in Blinka-purple sneakers? Yes, it's a new member of the Adafruit family! Please give a warm welcome to Crickit, a chirping cyber creature who will gladly help you with all the robotics projects in your maker imagination! This sheet features three shiny, vibrant stickers.

Crafting Supplies (Sticks, Ties, & Tape)

Add to your cardboard construction arsenal with colored craft sticks! (Craft sticks is the name you use for "popsicle sticks" when you worry that maybe that's a trade name and some giant conglomerate is gonna come down you you hard. So, "craft sticks".)

 

And, zip ties! (Craft ties? No. Don't think there's a "Zip Tie Co." out there. Whew.) These are awesome for connecting things. And not only the usual way you were taught in zip tie class, but also by connecting multiple zip ties together for larger girth, or even improvising an awesome little zip tie rivet.

 

Double stick foam tape. Sticky. On BOTH sides. And the squishy compliance of foam means better adhesion between irregular and textured objects! Great for connecting servos and motors to cardboard.

Bonus Extras for Subscribers!

Rainbow Magic Spring

This plastic coil can slink its way down stairs, demonstrate transverse and longitudinal waves when stretched out and plucked, and even form the basis of a robotic appendage! It's up to you how to put this magical rainbow spring to work!

Rainbow Yarn

You'll find nearly infinite uses for this colorful yarn as you build your own cardboard and Crickit-based robots. Pulley belts, cable drives, decorations, lashing parts together, and on and on!

Rainbow Pipe Cleaners

Pipe cleaners are excellent for adding style and character to your robot builds, but they're also highly functional. You can use them to securely fasten parts, as actuators (twist a few together for a stiffer part), and more.

Adafruit Robot Friend Puzzle

Enjoy a good jigsaw puzzle? Like robot friends? This fun puzzle is just the thing!

Makedo Construction Kit

Makedo is a simple to use, open-ended system of tools for creative cardboard construction. Great for fastening corrugated cardboard, the "scrus" come in two sizes, with the extra long ones being perfect for thicker shipping boxes. The multifunction ring tool can be used to punch holes and screw in the scrus!

Projects

Now that we've seen all the terrific stuff that's inside, let's start making things!

This guide was first published on Jul 09, 2018. It was last updated on Sep 18, 2018. This page (Unboxing AdaBox 008) was last updated on Jul 17, 2018.