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Zumo Robots - A buyers guide

Hi Readers, 

If you've made it here to our site, you may be considering purchasing one of our ready-to-run Zumo Robots or Zumo for Arduino Kits from Pololu.  If so, here's some information for prospective buyers:

Zumo Robots vs. Zumo for Arduino - What's the difference?


The Zumo Robot (Left in pic above) is a fully integrated robot with a built-in 32U4 processor (which can be programmed just like an Arduino from the Arduino IDE). 

The Zumo for Arduino (Right in pic above) bot does not include a processor - in fact the whole bot is basically just a shield that an Arduino Uno or equivalent board can be plugged into.  You can program your Uno as you typically would.

Here's a comparison of the bots' major features:

Zumo for Arduino

  • Requires Arduino Uno or equivalent
  • 4X AA Batteries Required
  • Dual motor drivers
  • 6X Downward Facing IR Sensors
  • Piezo Buzzer
  • 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis magnetometer
  • 3-axis gyroscope
  • 1X User Pushbutton
  • 1X Controllable LED
  • Requires Arduino Drivers
  • Uses Zumo for Arduino Libraries
  • USB Interface via Arduino


Zumo 32U4 Robot

  • Integrated 32U4 Controller
  • 4X AA Batteries Required
  • Dual motor drivers (+ Encoders)
  • 6X Downward Facing IR Sensors
  • Piezo Buzzer
  • 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis magnetometer 
  • 3-axis gyroscope
  • 3X User Pushbuttons
  • LCD Screen
  • Forward and Side-looking IR distance sensors
  • Controllable LEDs
  • Requires 32U4 Drivers
  • Uses 32U4 Robot Libraries
  • MICRO-USB Interface


You may be wondering what you can do with your Zumo bot.  Both bots can use their reflectance arrays (see pic below) to detect boundaries in a mini sumo ring.  You can use the same sensors on both bots for maze solving competitions.  Using the accelerometers and gyros you can detect collisions in a mini sumo match, although the Zumo Bot has a leg up because of its multiple IR distance sensors.  The libraries for both bots include example code for these and more.


In the near future Beerandbots will be rolling out a Zumo Robot "Backpack" that will plug directly into the expansion pins on the Zumo.  The backpack will add a variety of RC and wireless interface options to your Zumo Bot.  Keep an eye out for the Backpack announcement here!

Check on the video below from the folks at Pololu for some examples of what a Zumo can do!



emma romigZumo, Bot Kits, Pololu