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Here’s a project I did this Christmas. It’s the “Gift of Robot Invasion” LED Christmas Tree Ornament from The Best of Instructables, Volume 1. The bot is made out of copper plumbing parts, scrap circuit board, dead transistors for hands, the bottom of a beer can (for the bot’s satellite dish) and paper clips. The circuit is a solar cell, rechargeable batteries (made into a backpack on the bot’s back), a flashing LED, a resistor, diode, and a 3904 transistor. This little guy hangs around soaking up the sun’s rays all day, and then when the sun goes down, he surreptitiously blinks messages back to his robot overlords in some galaxy far, far away.

My evil little bot is also sending another not-so-subtle message, as he waves the flag of the Maker Shed Gift Certificate. Your gift recipient can use this gift certificate to help fund his/her own robot invasion. And ultimately, isn’t that what the holidays are all about?

The original Instructable can be found here.

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Best Of Instructables
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Instructables.com has become one of the most popular magnets for makers and DIY enthusiasts of all stripes. Now, with more than 10,000 projects to choose from, the Instructables staff, editors of MAKE: Magazine, and the Instructables community itself have put together a collection of home, craft, food and technology how-to’s from the site. The Best of Instructables Volume 1 includes plenty of clear, full-color photographs, complete step-by-step instructions, and tips, tricks, and new build techniques you won’t find anywhere else.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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