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LED strip code used in Pololu Christmas video

Posted by Emily on 19 December 2013


We added the code we used for the LEDs in our Christmas video last week to our GitHub page. Ben cleaned it up a bit and added lots of comments, so we hope it’s helpful if you want to use it as a base to write some awesome sequences for your own LED strips.

In case you missed the video, here it is again:

A Pololu Christmas Story (with LEDs!)

Posted by Emily on 11 December 2013

Merry Christmas! We got some new LED strips in a week or so ago that are based on the WS2812B. I was pretty excited to play around with them, so I decided I would decorate Ben’s house and make him film this video with me. (I know. I should have decorated my own house, but I live far from the office… and don’t have a wife.)

We should have the code we used for the LEDs available on our github page in a couple of days.

Free Elektor magazine December 2013

Posted by Emily on 3 December 2013
Tags: new products
Free Elektor magazine December 2013

Get a FREE copy of Elektor magazine’s December issue with your order while supplies last. To get your free issue, enter the coupon code ELEKTOR1213 into your shopping cart. The magazine will add 5 ounces to the package weight when calculating your shipping options.

For other issues and more information, see our Free Elektor Magazine Offers page. All issues are now available for shipping worldwide!

Video: Introducing the Zumo Robot for Arduino

Posted by Emily on 25 November 2013

Our Zumo Robot is a great platform for getting into robotics with your Arduino. The Zumo was designed with Mini Sumo competitions in mind, but that’s not the only thing you can do with it. This video gives an overview of the Zumo’s features and some ideas on what you can do to make it your own.

Happy Halloween from Pololu

Posted by Emily on 31 October 2013


Halloween’s always a good time at Pololu. Here’s a shot of all the people here that dressed up for the holiday:

As for some of us that post on the Pololu blog regularly, Jon, Jeremy, Grant, and Brandon, who like to refer to themselves as Pololu’s “B-Team”, dressed up as…

Kevin did a twist on Iron Man and became “Ironing Man”. His costume uses some of our Wixels to control the servo used in the mask from a button in the iron.

I (Emily) used some of our LED strips to make a Luxor Hotel costume. (For those of you that don’t know, Pololu is located in Las Vegas, NV, not too far from this building.) You can see a video of this costume in action here.

If you used any Pololu products in your Halloween costume or decorations, we’d love to hear about it! Please post about it on our forum and maybe we will feature it here on the blog. Have a Happy Halloween!

Free Elektor magazine November 2013

Posted by Emily on 23 October 2013
Tags: new products
Free Elektor magazine November 2013

Get a FREE copy of Elektor magazine’s November issue with your order while supplies last. To get your free issue, enter the coupon code ELEKTOR1113 into your shopping cart. The magazine will add 6 ounces to the package weight when calculating your shipping options.

For other issues and more information, see our Free Elektor Magazine Offers page. All issues are now available for shipping worldwide!

LED strips: easy to use and now more affordable

Posted by Emily on 18 October 2013

We are giving you one more reason to take your holiday decorations this year to the next level: we have lowered the prices on our LED strips!

Our 30-LED, 1 m strip has dropped from $34.95 to $24.95.

Our 60-LED, 2 m strip has dropped from $69.95 to $47.95.

Our 150-LED, 5 m strip has dropped from $149.95 to $119.95.

And if you are thinking custom lighting seems a little complicated, you will be surprised how easy it is to get these strips up and running with an Arduino. I show you how in this video where I am using the examples included in our Arduino library for addressable RGB LED strips to get started.

Video: Pololu Cables and Wires

Posted by Emily on 23 August 2013

Our large selection of cables, wires, and connectors makes connecting electronics easier. This video will show you some of what we offer.

Dual motor drivers for less than $5

Posted by Emily on 7 August 2013
Tags: pricing

As part of our continuing efforts to make better quality products at lower prices, we have dropped the prices on some of our smallest dual motor driver carriers and made the first quantity price breaks at just five units for an even better deal! We hope this will make them more compelling alternatives to old motor drivers like the L293D or SN754410.

Our DRV8835 carrier has dropped from $5.95 to $4.49.

Our DRV8833 carrier has dropped from $6.95 to $4.95.

And finally, our TB6612FNG carrier has dropped from $8.45 to $4.95. This especially steep price reduction is made possible in part by upgrading the TB6612FNG carrier to use a new reverse protection circuit and all ceramic capacitors (which also allow for a lower profile). The new version of the board is pictured to the left, but we are still transitioning from the old version, so you might receive either one until we complete the transition. For pictures of the original board and details on the status of the transition, please visit the product page.

Video: Getting started with the Maestro

Posted by Emily on 26 July 2013

We are excited to release this new video for our Maestro Servo Controllers! Get some ideas for cool things you can do with the Maestro, and see how easy it is to get started with our custom software. This is the first of many fun new Pololu videos to come! Let us know what you think or what other products you would like to see in action in the comment section below.