About Pololu

Pololu building at 920 Pilot Road in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Take your design from idea to reality

Pololu is an electronics manufacturer and online retailer serving education, maker, and professional engineering industries with products ranging from sensors and motion control electronics to motors and wheels to complete robots. We strive to offer well-engineered, quality products that enable our customers to take their own projects from idea to reality. Here is why you can rely on Pololu:

Company background

Pololu was founded in 2000 by three students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Our first product was the unique IR beacon system developed for the 6.270 Autonomous Robot Design Competition. The beacons allowed pairs of robots to detect each other, allowing MIT students to give their robots more sophisticated strategies.

In 2001, Pololu was incorporated while still operating out of an MIT dorm. Upon graduation of the last founder in 2002, we moved from Massachusetts to Las Vegas, NV for its better climate and lower taxes. Our office has since become the meeting place for the Las Vegas robotics club, which was formed in 2004.

The former Pololu office in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada (17 December 2008).

Pololu is named after Pololu Valley on the north coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, where Jan and Ben flew radio controlled gliders while in high school. Many people seem to have trouble with the pronunciation, but it’s really quite easy. All three syllables have equal weight, and the first two are pronounced “polo”, like the sport or shirt. PO–LO–LU.

Pololu Valley, June 2013.

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