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Welcome to the Pololu Blog, where we provide updates about what we and our customers are doing and thinking about. This blog used to be Pololu president Jan Malášek’s Engage Your Brain blog; you can view just those posts here.

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Video: Getting started with the Maestro

Posted by Emily on 26 July 2013
Tags: pololu videos


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.

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Lunokhod

Posted by Paul on 8 July 2013

Lunokhod, which means “Moon Walker” in Russian, was built for a space museum in Prague and is a miniature version of the first remote-controlled moon rover. It uses 8 of our 298:1 micro metal gearmotors and an Arduino Nano and can be remotely controlled by museum visitors. The rover was built by Beatty Robotics; you are can learn more about it on their blog.

Simple 18-servo hexapod

Posted by Paul on 8 July 2013

This instructable shows how to make a simple 18-servo hexapod robot that uses either just an Arduino or an Arduino and a Maestro to control its servos.

Featured link: http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-18dof-Hexapod-Arduino-nano-optionally-wit/

New products: Step-up Voltage Regulators U1V11F3, U1V11F5, and U1V11A

Posted by Claire on 5 July 2013
Tags: new products

We have released three new step-up regulators that can boost input voltages as low as 0.5 V and have typical efficiencies between 70 and 90%. Unlike most boost regulators, these offer a true shutdown option that turns off power to the load. They also automatically switch to a linear down-regulation mode when the input voltage exceeds the output, making them great for powering electronics projects from 1 – 3 NiMH, NiCd, or alkaline cells or from a single lithium-ion cell.

These regulators are available with a 3.3 V or 5 V fixed output voltage or an adjustable output voltage (2 V – 5.25 V).

Underwater Vehicle for MATE ROV Competition

Posted by Ryan on 27 June 2013

The AMNO & CO ROV team uses our Simple Motor Controllers in their remotely operated underwater vehicle. The team placed 13th at the 12th Annual MATE International ROV Competition (and 2nd in regionals)!

Featured link: https://www.facebook.com/AMNOandCoROV

Ball casters

Posted by Emily on 25 June 2013
Tags: pricing

We’ve lowered the prices on all of our ball casters! Prices have dropped by $1 to $2 across the whole Pololu ball caster line and start as low as $1.99.

Flight Testing of a Surrogate UAV at the National Test Pilot School

Posted by Paul on 17 June 2013

This “optionally piloted aircraft” is a Cessna 150 that customer Ryan Olson fitted with an autopilot and remote control system using the Pololu jrk 12v12. It is used for UAV training and development at the National Test Pilot School in Mojave, CA. Ryan’s AUVSI 2012 abstract is available online, and you can see some pictures of the internals below.

Labeled diagram of the inside of Ryan Olson’s optionally piloted Cessna 150.

Jrk 12v12 enclosure used in Ryan Olson’s optionally piloted Cessna 150.

RK-1 robot

Posted by Paul on 14 June 2013

This successful kickstarter project is a wifi-enabled robot that is controlled through an iOS or Android app. It uses an Arduino, Pololu track set, and micro metal gearmotors.

Featured link: http://mymobilerobots.com/rk1/

Bluetooth interface for a chronograph

Posted by Paul on 12 June 2013

This Bluetooth interface to the serial output of a chronograph uses Pololu’s NCP1402 voltage regulator.

Featured link: http://forum.pololu.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7040

Digital Capabilities: a digital garden

Posted by Paul on 6 June 2013

This digital garden by the University of Lincoln uses a Raspberry Pi, 20 jrks, and linear actuators to move panels, revealing the plants behind them, in response to tweets. More information is available on the project’s website. The project was awarded a gold medal at London’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Featured link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWdqyHa6mnI

New Products

QTRXL-MD-01A Reflectance Sensor: 1-Channel, 7.5mm Wide, Analog Output, Long Range
QTRX-MD-08A Reflectance Sensor Array: 8-Channel, 8mm Pitch, Analog Output, Low Current
QTRX-HD-05A Reflectance Sensor Array: 5-Channel, 4mm Pitch, Analog Output, Low Current
QTR-MD-04A Reflectance Sensor Array: 4-Channel, 8mm Pitch, Analog Output
QTR-HD-06A Reflectance Sensor Array: 6-Channel, 4mm Pitch, Analog Output
QTRXL-MD-01RC Reflectance Sensor: 1-Channel, 7.5mm Wide, RC Output, Long Range
9V, 600mA Step-Down Voltage Regulator D36V6F9
QTR-MD-08A Reflectance Sensor Array: 8-Channel, 8mm Pitch, Analog Output
QTR-HD-01RC Reflectance Sensor: 1-Channel, 5mm Wide, RC Output
12V, 600mA Step-Down Voltage Regulator D36V6F12
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