Unboxing AdaBox 009

Are you the kind of person who doesn't like taking down the skeletons and spiders until after January? Well, we've got the ADABOX for you. This is electronics at its most spooky! ADABOX 009 is Halloween themed, for all of us who love scares, costumes,  and (of course!) candy. OK, so we didn't fill this ADABOX with candy corn, but we did curate a collection of inspiring electronics to make your Halloween more electric. You might have so much fun, you'll celebrate it year round!

AdaBox 009 Contents

Adafruit HalloWing

 

Are you the kind of person who doesn't like taking down the skeletons and spiders until after January? Well, we've got the development board for you. This is electronics at its most spooky! The Adafruit HalloWing is a skull-shaped ATSAMD21 board with a ton of extras built in to make for an adorable wearable, badge, development kit, or the engine for your next cosplay or prop.

 

On the front is a cute 1.44" sized 128x128 full color TFT. Our default example code has our spooky eye demo running but you can use it for anything you like to display in glorious color.

 

There's also 4 fang-teeth below the display, these are analog/capacitive touch inputs with big alligator-clip holes.

Convex Plastic Lens + Mounting Kit

 

The eyes have it! Add this little lens to make a big expression with our Spooky Eye demo. These are gorgeous lenses, with brilliant clarity and a nice convexity (is that a word?)

 

They've even got a lip-edge so you can mount them easily with the acrylic mounting kit and included M2.5 nylon screws and standoffs.

8 Ohm Speaker

 

Hear the good news! This wee speaker is a great addition to any audio project where you need 8 ohm impedance and 1W or less of power. We particularly like this speaker as it is small and comes with nice skinny wires with a connector on the end. It has a handy "Molex PicoBlade" 1.25mm pitch 2-pin cable, which makes plugging into a board easy. Or you can cut off the connector and just solder/clamp onto the wires directly.

 

This speaker will work perfectly with our HalloWing M0 Express - it even snaps into the speaker connector onboard. But you can also use it with any of our mono audio amps, such as the PAM8302 or MAX98357A mono class D amplifiers.

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. You can use any servo code, hardware or library to control these servos. Comes with a few horns and hardware.

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).

Li-Poly Battery

 

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 400mAh for a total of about 1.5 Wh.


The batteries come pre-attached with a genuine 2-pin JST-PH connector as shown and include the necessary protection circuitry. Because they have a genuine JST connector, not a knock-off, the cable wont snag or get stuck in a matching JST jack, they click in and out smoothly.

Adafruit NeoPixel LED Strip

 

Plug in and glow, his Adafruit NeoPixel LED Strip with JST PH Connector has 30 total LEDs in a "60 LED per meter" spacing, and is 0.5 meters long, in classy Adafruit Black. Its not too long, but has lots of glowing action. Perfect for use with a Hallowing, or a custom design with a JST PH socket.

 

The strips come in a 0.5 meter reel with three 100mm long wires connected to a JST PH 3-pin plug which plugs right into the HalloWing's NEOPIX port. The other end is sealed. The wires are even nicely color-coded: black for ground, green for signal, red for 3-5VDC power. We use SK6812 LEDs on these strips so you don't need an inline resistor and they work down to 3V logic+power.

10K Potentiometer

 

These are our favorite trim pots, perfect for breadboarding and prototyping. They have a long grippy adjustment knob and with 0.1" spacing, they plug into breadboards or perfboards with ease.

2 x Diffused 10mm Red LEDs and Holders

 

Need some big indicators? We are big fans of these huge diffused red LEDs. They are fairly bright so they can be seen in daytime, and from any angle.

 

Keep your 10mm LEDs in place with these little plastic LED holders. These are handy for projects using individual LEDs as they look sleek, and your LED won't budge. Slot the LED through the opening and you'll get a nice *snap* into place.

Female/Male 'Extension' Jumper Wires

 

Handy for making wire harnesses or jumpering between headers on PCB's. These premium jumper wires are approximately 3" (75mm) long. They have 0.1" male header contacts on one end and 0.1" female header contacts on the other. They fit cleanly next to each other on standard-pitch 0.1" (2.54mm) header. You can always pull the ribbon wires off to make individual jumpers, or keep them together to make neatly organized wire harnesses.

JST 3PH to Female Header Cable

 

This cable will let you turn a JST PH 3-pin cable port into 3 individual wires with high-quality 0.1" female header sockets on the end. We're carrying these to match up with our HalloWing, for extending and connecting sensors or LEDs - and the wires are even color coded!

JST 3PH to Male Header Cable

 

This cable will let you turn a JST PH 3-pin cable port into 3 individual wires with high-quality 0.1" male header plugs on the end. We're carrying these to match up with our HalloWing, for extending and connecting sensors or LEDs - and the wires are even color coded!

Lanyard

 

This "badge length" lanyard is perfect for wearing your HalloWing proudly around your neck! Includes two clasps to connect to the HalloWing's mounting holes.

Adafruit Halloween Cards

 

Bonus spooky, yet fun Adafruit Halloween Cards!

Adafruit Halloween Sticker Sheets

 

Around these parts, we love to dress up for Halloween! These sticker sheets prove it! You get lots of great stickers of some of your favorite Adafruit characters in their favorite dress up costumes!

 

You can stick them on your locker, thermos, synthesizer, pogo stick, monocle, moped, or divining rod.

Prank Cockroach

 

Eeew! It's a creepy, crawly cockroach! We included this so you can create your own scary props for Halloween. Or, simply name it and carry it around like your own very special pet.

Smore Magazine

 

Science like a girl! Feast your eyes on this super special anniversary edition of Smore Magazine, a science magazine for smart young girls who can't stop wondering about the world around them. We love Smore (or, Science-more!) for their fun and un-intimidating issues and for their dedication towards equal representation of women in STEM. Far more than a stereotypical "girly" magazine, Smore was created to inspire girls with fun, engaging content, and by sharing stories of successful women in STEM fields.

 

This issue features Limor "Ladyada" Fried with a fantastic write-up on how she got started in DIY electronics and building her own company. Scared by the idea of troubleshooting a project that doesn't immediately work right? In Limor's words, "To succeed, you have to get pretty comfortable with failing." We believe building resilience is a great life lesson for young girls, not just for electronics. 

This guide was first published on Sep 24, 2018. It was last updated on Sep 24, 2018.
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