Zumo Robot Kit for Arduino (No Motors)

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Pololu item #: 2509
Brand: Pololu
Status: Active 
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This kit contains most of the parts you need to build an Arduino-controlled Zumo robot. It consists of a Zumo Shield for Arduino, a Zumo chassis kit, and a Zumo blade. You will also need a pair of micro metal gearmotors, four AA batteries, and an A-Star 32U4 Prime or Arduino to complete your Zumo robot (motors, batteries, and Arduino sold separately). This product is a kit; assembly (including soldering) is required.


Contents of the Zumo robot kit for Arduino.

Zumo Robot for Arduino.

Zumo Robot for Arduino.

Assembled Zumo Robot for Arduino with an Arduino-compatible A-Star 32U4 Prime LV.

A Zumo 32U4 robot (left) and a Zumo robot for Arduino with an A-Star 32U4 Prime LV (right).

Note: This product is a kit; assembly (including soldering) is required. Motors, batteries, and Arduino are sold separately. An assembled version is available that does not require any assembly or soldering and includes motors and a Zumo reflectance sensor array.

New inertial sensors! In September 2020, we started transitioning to shipping this kit with the v1.3 version of the Zumo Shield. The main difference is the new version replaces the shield’s inertial sensors with an LSM6DS33 accelerometer and gyro and an LIS3MDL magnetometer, as the LSM303D accelerometer and magnetometer used on the original revision has been discontinued. You can use our updated Zumo Shield Arduino library to help you write code that will work with the inertial sensors on either revision. In addition, the power switch and pushbuttons on the v1.3 shield have been changed to be surface-mount parts. For more information, see the user’s guide.

All units shipping now from Pololu have the newer v1.3 shield. If you require units with the previous v1.2 version, please contact us before you place your order.

Kit Contents

Contents of the Zumo robot kit for Arduino, v1.2.

Please see the specific pages for those products for more information about them, assembly instructions, and links to related resources.

Zumo Robot for Arduino, v1.2.

Zumo chassis being assembled with two Micro Metal Gearmotor.

Required Accessories (not included)

Optional Accessories

Zumo reflectance sensor array on a Zumo robot, bottom view.

Zumo 32U4 robot with black sprockets.

Zumo 32U4 robot with red sprockets.

Zumo 32U4 robot with white sprockets.

Comparison with the Zumo 32U4 robot

The newer Zumo 32U4 is another robot based on the Zumo chassis. It is a more highly integrated robot than the Zumo robot for Arduino, with enhancements that include a built-in Arduino-compatible ATmega32U4 microcontroller (the same one used in the Arduino Leonardo and A-Star 32U4 boards), an LCD, encoders for closed-loop motor control, and proximity sensors for obstacle detection. The Zumo 32U4 main board effectively combines the functions of the Zumo Shield and the separate Arduino controller into a single, compact board that is just as easy to program as a standard Arduino or A-Star thanks to its USB interface and preloaded Arduino-compatible bootloader.

A Zumo 32U4 robot (left) and a Zumo robot for Arduino with an A-Star 32U4 Prime LV (right).

Some of the pin mappings and software libraries differ between the Zumo 32U4 and Zumo robot for Arduino, so programs written for one robot generally need to be modified to work on the other.

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