Here it is. The first knex solar alarm clock. This has taken me over a month to design, build, rebuild, perfect, and make instructions. In fact I ran out of parts and had to take several things apart to finish it.

Anyway this project works by harnessing the sun, using the solar motor sold by knex.com. You set the Solar Receiving Unit or (SRU) on your windowsill or wherever the sun first shines in the morning. Then when the sun hits the solar panel it turns on the motor. On the main shaft there is a gray clip that spins and hits a plastic ball, which in turn makes an annoying noise to wake you up.

This also has a power button to turn it off once you are up. Although it is still smart to close the cover on the solar receiving unit when you get up to prevent a burned out motor.
There also some added features. One of them is the small electronics charger. Anything that is thinner than 1-¼ inches will fit in the charging slot. (A Nintendo DSi was used in the pictures.)
Another added feature is the “lockbox” on the bottom. It has a latch on the right side of the door to keep it from opening. It's a great place to store video games, small toys, other knex, etc.

The main down-fall of this device is that the sun does not shine through everyone’s window at the same time every morning. But don’t worry there are still ways to make it work as long as you have a window in your room. Check out the last step. 

*EDIT* This Instructable hit 4.16 stars within 2 hours of posting. 
But It has has gotten up to 5.00 stars a few days after that.

So, what do you think?? Let me know, it only takes a few seconds.
Oh yeah...This is also my twentieth Instructable so yeah!!

Step 1: Part Count

White 43
Blue   34
Yellow 13
Purple   110
Green 64
Red   25
Orange 51
Dark gray 2
Red 13
Blue 2
White 137
Green,  Some where around 250
Odds and ends:
1 solar motor. You can get these on Ebay
1 connection rod for the motor
1 Solar panel
1 the wire to hook up the motor with the panel
1 knex ball
3 tan clips
1 ball joint
32 blue spacers
3 gray spacer
2 black and blue hinges
1 blue gear
1 red gear

The part most won't have is the motor. Knex.com doesn't sell/make them anymore, but Ebay is always a good place to search for anything.
Thank god its not a gun.<br />
<p>Well, I mean KSC is good at both weapons and not... Great job on this alarm clock! (And your EAP, might make it for my secondary!) So useful!</p>
I bought the solar power 10 models kit but the motor did <br>n't have the motor shaft. Where could I get one?
do you need the solar panel?
i was the 100 person to rate!!!!!!! five stars muthafucka!!!!!!!
<h3>&nbsp;I CAN DO THAT TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :P</h3> <pre><small><sub><sup><u>TEEHEE .......... IF YOU CANT READ THIS GET A NEW SCREEN OR GET GLASSES.</u></sup></sub></small></pre>
<pre><u><sub><sup><tt><small><strong>wahahahaaaaa! i have 20-20 vision foo! you go get some glasses! haha :D</strong></small></tt></sup></sub></u></pre>
hey last year i got an f on my vision test! i had to get new glasses...far sight :P
wahahahaaaaa! i have 20-20 vision foo! &nbsp;you go get some glasses! haha :D<br /> <br /> <br /> thats what that small message said :)<br />
<p><small><sub><u><sup><br /> how do you get it that small?</sup></u></sub></small></p>
&nbsp;idk lol
&nbsp;it says wahahahaahaaa! in the beginning of that last message but its hard to tell. also at the end it says : haha :D
YO KSC. LISTEN UP FOO.<br /> <br /> (my advice 2 you)<br /> <br /> make a video of this and i can garentee the rating will shoot up like a rocket.<br /> <br /> <br />
I know sooo cool. <br />
When you search for knex and go to highest rated it's on the first page.<br />
I know, I have three ibles on the front page.
My stair lift was up there with 4.13, but someone rated it down to make it go to the fourth page. :-(<br />
probably some n00bs who want their stuff rated higher.<br />
Yeah<br />
i had the same thing happen to me, my shotgun was on the first page with a 4.07 and one 1/2 star rating knocked it down to 3.89 i hate this rating system and haters too ):-(
I'll go rate it up! &hArr;&reg;...sweeeeettttt
&nbsp;awesome!!!! thankyou :D ill do the same for you :)
dude you still here?
&nbsp;NOw i am :)
I know how you feel man. Those haters can be a real pain. :-(
It might be because of the video, I should get a better video camera. But it's most likely ball machine haters.<br /> <br /> <br />
I saw how high it was and I would say it it was just haters that wanted their ible on top or like you said ball machine haters. But whatever it was it's happens to me all the time. :-(
It's on the first page again. :-)<br />
It actually got up to 4.27, but it's 4.14 now.<br />
I know, I think &nbsp;I saw it in third place. :-)
:-P<br />
Sorry for the bad quality.<br />
Late but I can see it. :-P
I'm picky with my pictures, lol.<br />
Yeah, I'm not too picky but they have to be good.
good<br />
&nbsp;*jaw drops*
nice!<br />
Finally. A K'nex instructable that is well documented, practical, and above all, not a gun. Fantastic work.<br /> <br /> 5 Star, and featured to boot. <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
Thanks, that means a lot from a non knexer.
Who says I'm not? I've spent hundreds of hours playing the epic game my brother and I invented using K'nex. We had countless adventures using the five basic creatures and a multitude of scenarios unique to our taste.<br /> <br /> I almost wrote an instructable on &quot;The Game&quot; but after a few steps, I felt it sounded childish and a bit vague so I quit. <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
Oh ok. :-)&nbsp; Cool.
not to sound indignant of course... K'nex still rule... <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
&nbsp;solar alarm clocks work best when i sleep. in the day. outside.
Hey it got featured!! Thanks!! :-)

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