$125 off the Evalbot is a steal

When you see $125 off something you probably assume it cost several times that to start with. Nope, this drastic discount leaves just $25 plus shipping. Use coupon-code: 2JLP-R4XRT3 when ordering the little rover. There’s a quick video snippet of it embedded after the break.

What you’ll get is a Stellaris ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller on a board with a bunch of goodies.

  • MicroSD slot
  • USB host and device connectors
  • I2C audio with speakers
  • Ethernet connector
  • 96×6 OLED display
  • Motors
  • Optosensors
  • Bump detectors

As always, we want to hear about the hacks you come up with once you have this little guy in hand.

[update, the code is now expired]

[final update -- Someone from TI explains what is going on.]

—-  from the comments.

As some posts already note, the coupon code is only available to ESC Boston attendees. That said, we’re psyched about all of your interest and understand there seems to have been some confusion, so TI plans to fulfill all of the finalized orders to date. We’re working on some logistics in getting the code up and running again for ESC Boston attendees, but proof of ESC registration will be required. Stay tuned.

We hear you about the e-store and are working as quickly as possible to avoid issues in the future. Thanks for your patience.

Bottom line – we’re glad to see the excitement around EVALBOT and look forward to checking out your projects! We encourage you to share them on our e2e Forums at http://e2e.ti.com/

-Jean Anne Booth, Texas Instruments


[Thanks GDM]


  1. Elizabeth Greene says:

    @UltraMagnus – To plug in your wireless AP.

    The coupon code box is in the upper right on the page where you enter your credit card number

  2. Josh says:

    Got mine! Just gotta brave through TI’s store being destroyed.

  3. profil says:

    Oh, and btw, is it possible to register without the need to enter company name. I am a student.

  4. TJ says:

    Got mine to OZ d8)

  5. Alex Smith says:

    Is anybody else getting invalid ssl certs?

  6. TJ says:

    Are all the non-company people using hackaday.com as their website during checkout? d8)

  7. biozz says:


    thanks for the help im going to go in to the back with a few thousand in cash and open up an account and use a debit card instead XD

  8. Eric M says:

    Mine finally went through. The ‘Customs’ screen doesn’t work right in Chrome.

  9. Jaguarius says:

    I keep getting “the coupon code you have entered is already in use” been trying for 45 mins to get this order through.

  10. Erik Johnson says:

    I think I just lost $25 in pay at work just waiting the site to load :o

  11. LGSilva says:

    Thanks Hack a Day, just got the email confirmation but never got to the confirmation page.

    I will be waiting for hacks on this one :)

  12. biozz says:

    XD careful HaD TI is a very powerful enemy to have XD

  13. Necromant says:

    Guys, it’s getting worse out there. Still cannot get through the customs screen. Will try FF now…

  14. Adrian says:

    When/where do you enter the coupon code? Is it after entering in shipping information etc? Or can you do it from the cart?

  15. Spork says:

    I’m more careful with a debit card online, it’s linked directly to a bank account and if stolen, they can take every penny in that account. A credit card company will protect you from that. The trick is to pay off your card every time you make a purchase, so that it’s like using cash rather than borrowing money.

  16. Jaguarius says:

    It’s when you get to the payment screen, you enter the coupon code and click apply, then put in your credit card details.

  17. Matt R says:

    Nice video about bot, I don’t think the book comes with this kit????

  18. macona says:

    Got mine ordered. Took about 45 minutes and several restarts.

  19. Doublet says:

    TI really wants the hearts of the hobbyists….

  20. chango says:

    @biozz Enemy? Look at the free advertising. The Stellaris chips are sweet, esp. considering how cheap they are, but nobody knows about them because Lumina… I mean TI refuses to push these to the hobbyist market like they’ve been doing with MSP430 over the last year.

  21. Erik Johnson says:

    @Adrian its at the point you enter your CC information – the Coupon section on the top-right.

    For those stuck on screens with grayed out drop downs, etc; TI is using dynamic HTML/XSS and you have to wait for your browser to contact the server (forever!) before it un-grays/goes away each time.

  22. Edward says:

    Managed to complete an order about 10 min before this comment.

    You must be very patient as often there are buttons that you must click, but there is no feedback indicating that they have been clicked or are clickable.

    Good luck!

  23. Greenroom says:

    Dude, this sucks they even ship to Germany but i don’t have a Credit card :(

    Anybody here, living in Germany, and willing to buy two of these? (would be super-awesome of you! E-Mail: starstrider.industries@googlemail.com)

    Würde jemand hier, der in Deutschland wohnt, das teil hier zweimal kaufen? (Wäre suuuper duper lieb von dir! E-Mail: starstrider.industries@googlemail.com)

  24. Chris says:

    Just ordered mine, just takes a little while haha

  25. glonq says:

    This version doesn’t come with the manual. Is it downloadable? The manual has assembly instructions and a programming guide, both of which gotta be useful.

  26. Greenroom says:

    @Malte Could you please buy another on? Pleeeaaasee! ? E-Mail starstrider.industries@googlemail.com

  27. lizardb0y says:

    It took an hour and a half to get through the ordering process – the server is incredibly slow and kept telling me I was a bot and had to start again. I just got an order conformation email, but the TI store is still sitting on the final payment screen giving no indication that it’s doing anything.

    I had the same experience when they had the Launchpad deal, but I gave up and stopped trying.

    TI – your products are cool but your store sucks big time.

  28. Andrew says:

    Just got my order confirmation letter. Took the better part of an hour for me to get everything done. Three bot notices, but it went.
    Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  29. Chris Muncy says:

    What’s your order number?

    I’m curious to see if we can figure out how many were ordered so far. My order was number 5704.

  30. Necromant says:

    > This version doesn’t come with the manual. Is it downloadable? The manual has assembly instructions and a programming guide, both of which gotta be useful.

    Anyone out there still reads them? Anyway, got my order placed and card charged… Hope they’ll ship this shiny thingy…

    P.S. Anyone answered yes to the question conserning weapon design? Looks to me like “Are you an idiot [Y/n]” question…

  31. macona says:



  32. Nico says:

    OUT OF STOCK… I COULD CRY… I tried to order for over an hour – but got this stupid ‘you’re a bot’ 2 times…

  33. Ned says:

    after 1 hour and 45 minutes i finally got through! also ordered a couple launchpads because of the free shipping :D

  34. Robin Chan says:



  35. redleader36 says:



  36. HUSSTECH says:

    Woah!!!! That is one big manual on that video posted by Matt R.

    Quite lucky I saw this today, I had been wanting to learn/begin to use something like an ARM cortex. I just hope we can get to ARM rather than go through the t.i. uc/os-III interface thing…

  37. Gexsta says:

    Finally after 30min of retrying!
    Retarded Store Website.
    Order number 5949

  38. mr mr says:

    I received the bot detected response several times and then the following non coupon price but each time I went back to the basket until it eventually worked on the 4th attempt.
    Shipping to europe included although I expect to pay import duty and tax on the full amount, not 25usd which is a shame.

  39. Anonymous says:

    I’m going to try to make it work with FreeRtos.

  40. brad says:

    I never saw the order confirmation screen, but the email order confirmation came through. Works for me.

  41. Necromant says:

    order num 5881, btw

  42. Wha’????

    “Items in your cart may have been removed based on product availability. Please review your cart before proceeding with checkout.”

  43. darthsynack says:

    Tried for 30 minutes, tried Chrome, FF, IE and Safari, all to no avail. Hung on the customs page everytime in IE, and that was the farthest I made it.

  44. Paul says:

    Order number of 5965

    I just did a search hoping to find some better pictures but I did see this deal is all over the net. Slickdeals, (other random deal forums) etc.

  45. nsl says:

    today’s “how to crash ti’s website” has been successful.

  46. Damian says:

    Ok people. RELAX. I just finished ordering 3 minutes ago. they RECEIVED my order. I paid $25 only. (it’s $150 – $125 coupon, yes press APPLY on the right, and NO SHIPPING COST)

    So everyone that’s stopping because they don’t have 5 minutes to wait. CHI-LAX. It goes through and you have a $25 dent in your credit card and a $150 little mini robot.

  47. Pilotgeek says:

    @Gregory Strike

    I got that too, but it ended up going through. 5945!

    How to order:
    Open website. Go do something for 10 minutes. Click button. Go do something else for 10 minutes. Repeat until done.

  48. Jon says:

    I love how this post pretty much ensures the DDoS of their website…

    Getting SQL errors on every attempt when it may or may not be charging me money is also quite entertaining.

  49. Adrian says:

    Looks like you dont get $125 off per bot, just on the order as a whole. If you want multiples, you are going to have to go through the process multiple times :'(

  50. mnlgarbe says:

    order nº 5889

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