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Video: Getting Started with the Tic Stepper Motor Controllers

Posted by Emily on 21 March 2018

As I showed in my last post a few weeks ago, our Tic stepper motor controllers offer six different control interfaces so you can add stepper motors to a variety of projects. Getting started with the Tics is easy. This new video tutorial steps (see what I did there?) you through getting your stepper motor running with our Tic controllers:


As I was making this video, I realized one of the coolest things about the Tic is how quickly you can work out the capabilities of your stepper motor. Even if you’re comfortable using one of our stepper motor drivers along with a microcontroller, using the Tics makes adjusting settings like current limits, step rates, speed, and acceleration as quick as a click of the button, and you can control your motor directly from the software to make sure it’s behaving how you would like. So you might want to keep an extra Tic around for that purpose, just as a stepper motor tester.

Right now you can still purchase our newest Tic at a special introductory price of just $15.53 using the coupon code T500INTRO! (Click to add the coupon code to your cart.) We also cover shipping in the US! Note that this introductory offer applies only to the units without connectors soldered in.

Video: Introducing the Tic Stepper Motor Controllers

Posted by Emily on 28 February 2018

Our Tic Stepper Motor Controllers make basic control of stepper motors easy. This quick video shows you all the control interfaces you can use with our Tics to add stepper motors to your projects:


Making this video was actually the first time I’ve had a chance to play around with the Tics, and I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I was able to set up the Tic with each interface option. Once I had everything connected, it only took a few minutes using the control software to get things moving for each setup.

This video also gives a sneak peek of our new Tic T500 (the red Tics in the opening shot). Like our new stepper motor drivers, the T500s are based on the MPS MP6500 bipolar stepper motor driver. Keep an eye on this blog for their release in the coming weeks.

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

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

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
Tags: pololu videos

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

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