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New product: 0.1″ low-profile male LCD header

Posted by Ben on 9 June 2015
Tags: new products
New product: 0.1″ low-profile male LCD header

We are now selling the low-profile 2×7 male LCD header included with the Zumo 32U4 robot kit.

New 0.1″ male header strips

Posted by Ben on 20 May 2015
Tags: new products
New 0.1″ male header strips

Make your next project more colorful with our new red, white, blue, and yellow breakaway male header strips. You can use them to add some personal flair to an otherwise boring PCB, or you can use them to color-code connections, like on this custom-assembled 24-channel Mini Maestro:

Like our venerable black breakaway male header strip, these strips are 40 pins long, but they can easily be cut or broken into smaller strips that work with standard 0.1″-pitch through-holes, female connectors, and breadboards.

We also now have right angle male header strips available in 2 rows or 3 rows:

0.100" (2.54 mm) Breakaway Male Header: 2×40-Pin, Right Angle.
0.100" (2.54 mm) Breakaway Male Header: 3×40-Pin, Right Angle.

We are particularly excited about the 3×40 right angle header because it can be used with the partial kit versions of our Maestro servo controllers to make low-profile modules where the servos plug in from the side rather than the top.

New products: 40×7 mm wheels

Posted by Ben on 22 April 2015
Tags: new products
New products: 40×7 mm wheels

We now have 40mm-diameter wheels (available in black, red, and white) in the same thin style as our 32×7 mm wheels, which help fill the void between those and the 60×8 mm wheels that were previously our next size up.

Black Pololu wheels with 90, 80, 70, 60, 40, and 32 mm diameters (other colors available).

Like the rest of the Pololu wheels, the 40×7 mm wheels press-fit onto the 3mm D shafts on many of our motors, including the micro metal gearmotors and mini plastic gearmotors.

Pololu 40×7mm wheel on a micro metal gearmotor.

For more information, take a look at one of the items listed below, or check out all the Pololu wheels category page for more options.

Zumo 32U4 kit assembly video

Posted by Ben on 21 April 2015

A customer of ours who is a software engineer in Seattle made this detailed video showing how to assemble the new Zumo 32U4 robot kit. Thanks for sharing it with us, Jamie!

New product: Sharp GP2Y0A60SZLF Analog Distance Sensor

Posted by Ben on 9 April 2015
Tags: new products
New product: Sharp GP2Y0A60SZLF Analog Distance Sensor

We are now offering Sharp’s GP2Y0A60SZLF analog distance sensor by itself. This is a great sensor with a wide 4″ to 60″ (10 cm to 150 cm) detection range and a high update rate of 60 Hz, but it requires additional components to use and has a non-standard 1.5 mm pitch. You can use this sensor with our compact carrier boards to make a complete sensor module, or you can get our carrier boards with the GP2Y0A60SZLF already installed.

For more information, see the GP2Y0A60SZLF product page.

Looking for Wixel feedback

Posted by Ben on 3 April 2015


Looking for Wixel feedback

PeterPan, an active member of our forum, recently started a thread asking other Wixel users to push for us to get Wixels FCC certified. The Wixel is getting to be one of our older products, so it is due for some updates, too (e.g., our new USB products have moved on to Micro-B connectors). We realize many of our customers do not necessarily want to publicly discuss their projects, so if you do not feel like participating in the forum thread, please feel free to contact us directly about your thoughts on FCC certification and other ways you would like to see the Wixel improved.

Arduino Day 2015 Sale

Posted by Ben on 27 March 2015


Tomorrow is Arduino Day, and we are joining in on the fun by offering big discounts on many of our Arduino-related products, including our A-Star programmable controllers and Arduino shields. The sale has already started, and it will run through the end of Sunday (I know, Arduino Day is a one-day event, but this makes sure the sale lasts all Arduino Day in every time zone). You can find all of the sale items on our Arduino Day 2015 sale page.

Free magazines: March 2015 Circuit Cellar and March/April 2015 Elektor

Posted by Ben on 25 March 2015
Tags: new products

Get FREE copies of Circuit Cellar magazine’s March issue and Elektor magazine’s March/April issue with your order, while supplies last. To get your free issues, enter the coupon codes CIRCUIT0315 and ELEKTOR0315 into your shopping cart. The Circuit Cellar magazine will add 6 ounces and the Elektor magazine will add 9 ounces to the package weight when calculating your shipping options.

For back issues and more information, see our free Circuit Cellar magazine offers and free Elektor magazine offers.

Happy Pi Day

Posted by Ben on 13 March 2015
Tags: raspberry pi
Happy Pi Day

Tomorrow is Pi Day (3/14/15 in the standard US date format of month/day/year), and we are celebrating by having a special overly-pi-themed one-day sale:

  • Use coupon code PIDAY975 to get 31.4% off a 3pi robot (limit 3 per customer).
  • Use coupon code PIDAY2753 to get a DRV8835 Dual Motor Driver Kit for Raspberry Pi B+ for $3.14 (limit 3 per customer).
  • Use coupon code PIDAY to get 3.14% off your entire order (this discount is only valid for order subtotals between $3.14 and $314.16 and cannot be combined with other coupon discounts).

The sale is live now and runs through the end of tomorrow (midnight Pacific Time).

200,000 orders and new Zumo robot preview

Posted by Ben on 3 March 2015


200,000 orders and new Zumo robot preview

We received order 1J200000 this morning from Ralf in Germany! However, it turns out that because of a one-time database screwup, this was not actually our 200,000th order (thanks, Paul). We received that one a few minutes later when Alex from Iowa placed order 1J200008. To celebrate, we included a special gift with both of these orders: a prototype of the new Zumo robot we expect to release this month. Congratulations to Ralf and Alex! For everyone else, keep an eye on this blog for more information on our new Zumos, and thank you to all our customers for helping us get to 200k orders.

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Addressable RGB 120-LED Strip, 5V, 2m (APA102C)
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