Pololu was founded in 2000 by three students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The first product of the company was the unique IR beacon system developed for the Autonomous Robot Design Competition. The beacons allowed pairs of robots to detect each other, allowing MIT students to give their robots more sophisticated strategies.
In 2001, Pololu was incorporated while still operating out of an MIT dorm. Upon graduation of the last founder in 2002, they moved from Massachusetts to Las Vegas, NV for its better climate and lower taxes. Our office has since become the meeting place for the Las Vegas robotics club, which was formed in 2004.