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.
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
1 the wire to hook up the motor with the panel
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.
Step 2: Step 1
Okay, in the first 10 steps you will be building the Solar Receiving Unit.
First off we need to build the "locking" part of the solar receiving unit.
This shouldn't really be that hard.
Step 3: Step 2
Step 4: Step 3
Next, add all 24 connectors to the part we made in the last step.
Go ahead and get two blue and black hinges. We will need them in the next step.
Step 5: Step 4
Now, get the two hinges I told you about in the last step. Add them to one of the ends of the "Green block". That is what you see in the first picture.
Next you need to add the part you made in the first step. That's what you see in the second picture.
Step 8: Step 7
Step 10: Step 9
Step 11: Step 10
You're done with the Solar Receiving Unit. Now onto the hard stuff.
Step 12: Step 11
To start off make the parts in the first two pictures. Now set them up like the third picture. Then like snap them together like the forth picture
Step 14: Step 13
Step 15: Step 14
Good job, onto the door.
Step 16: Step 15
Next, make the panel in picture 4 and connect like so.
Step 17: Step 16
Finaly add a green rod where shown.
Step 18: Step 17
Step 19: Step 18
Again these are going to be big parts but I think you can handle it. First off build the parts in the first two pictures. Then line them up like the third picture, and snap them together.
Step 21: Step 20
Step 22: Step 21
Make the things in the first picture. Notice the direction of the tan clips. Then slide the rods through the holes in the panel. One of them should lock and the other will spin. Then add 5 gray clips to one of the rods and 3 gray spacers and one blue spacer to the other one.
Step 24: Step 23
Step 28: Step 27
First slide a blue spacer over the drive shaft. Then put a blue gear over the shaft and lock it in like so.
Step 29: Step 28
Step 30: Step 29
Step 31: Step 30
Step 34: Step 33
Let's finish this puppy up.
Let's add a blue spacer and a blue clip to the top of the shaft. Then build these two pieces and snap them together. Place it on the yellow connector like so. And you're done.
Step 35: Finishing it up.
First set the solar receiving unit or (SRU) where the sun first shines in the morning, for me that is on a stool like this. Make sure the wire is plugged into the SRU and the clock. Also don't forget to open it up.
When the sun hits the solar panel on the SRU it will turn on the motor. When it finally wakes you up, you can hit the power button and it will turn off. But it is still smart to close up the SRU to prevent a burned out motor, seeing that knex.com doesn't sell them anymore.
If the sun doesn't come up in the morning in your room or it just comes up too late. Try hanging it outside your window, I tried it and it still closed.
Also to charge your small electronic, just plug it in and slide it in the clock.
The "lockbox" is easy enough to figure out. Just pull it out or push it in. The green rod will keep the door closed.