If you're here, it's because you were given the gift of electronics with an AdaBox! Perhaps you are a beginner who is getting started with your AdaBox. Or maybe 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 creative, awesome stuff with electronics, graphics, and coding! (If, rather than learn all that, you'd like to look at pictures of cats instead, please check https://www.adafruit.com/galleries/cats-of-engineering)
And, you're in luck: there's never been a better time. Seriously. We're not just saying that. It's bonkers how great a time this is for you to learn electronics, graphics, coding, prop-making, and costume effects!
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, and code microcontrollers you can jump right in for $100 or less, and any sort of computer. And we're talking about learning a lot of electronics, graphics, coding, prop-making, and costume effects - from the basics of setting up a dual-screen microcontroller, to customizing your eyeball graphics, and sound effects! From integrating interactive eyeballs into your costume, to making your own microphone reactive display! With a good pack of parts and materials, you can build a base of knowledge that will take you from your first set of spooky cat eyes to someone who can make the creative haunt props, costume accessories, and interactive projects of their dreams!
Anyone who is interested in learning how to program and build interactive projects, and with access to a modern web browser. 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 or mechanical engineering 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.
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!
This guide is also not for crows. Corvids are awesome, but they prefer analog tools.
If you're an expert, please visit our hundreds other tutorials and jump right in at learn.adafruit.com
I'm Ladyada, and I love to teach people how to build stuff and how they can be creative with technology.
So, are you ready?
Let's do this thing!