Programmable Controllers

This category contains user-programmable microcontroller boards, such as the Basic Stamp 2, the Arduino Uno, and Orangutan robot controllers. The following comparison table gives a brief feature overview of some of our more popular controllers (click to enlarge):

The Pololu A-Star microcontroller boards are general-purpose programmable modules based on Atmel AVR microcontrollers. A USB interface and preloaded Arduino-compatible bootloader on each A* makes it easy to get started programming them.

Pololu’s Orangutan robot controllers are complete control solutions for small and medium robots or similar projects. All Orangutans feature Atmel AVR microcontrollers and multiple H-bridges for direct control of DC motors. Most units have integrated LCD displays.

The Pololu Wixel is a general-purpose programmable module featuring a 2.4 GHz radio and USB. You can write your own software or load precompiled, open-source apps onto it, turning it into a wireless serial link, data logger, or whatever you need for your current project.

The mbed microcontrollers are a series of ARM-based development boards designed for fast and easy prototyping. They are packaged in a breadboard-friendly 40-pin DIP form factor. An online compiler and a USB drag-and-drop programming interface make it simple to get started with mbed development.

Arduino is an open-source, AVR-based electronics prototyping platform that can be used for a wide range of projects and is easy-to-use. It is intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. These development boards are a good entry point for people new to embedded programming.

The Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized computer with an ARM processor that can run Linux, providing an affordable platform for experimentation and education in computer programming.


Pololu item #: 1601
Price: $159.99
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The Parallax BASIC Stamp Discovery Kit is a complete kit for learning microcontroller programming and basic electronics. The 40+ activities in the included text teach you how to program the BASIC Stamp 2 microcontroller and make simple electronic circuits controlled by the BASIC Stamp. Once you complete the activities and learn the concepts covered, you will have the skills to start making your own electronic inventions!

Pololu item #: 1600
Price: $49.00
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It’s amazing what you can accomplish with this well-proven microcontroller and its simple programming language, PBASIC. Widely used in educational, hobby, and industrial applications, all vital components (processor, clock source, memory, power regulator) are provided on the BS2’s tiny PCB; just connect power and go!