Alden Hart’s robotic Christmas balls

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and "lazy person's memoir," called Borg Like Me.

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By Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and "lazy person's memoir," called Borg Like Me.

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My friend, and MAKE contributor, Alden Hart created this unique holiday display for his house, using four TinyG boards controlling a total of 16 CNC axes, to animate 16 Christmas tree balls with LED throwies inside of them. As his business partner, Riley Porter, says on Flickr: “What the hey?” Riley and Alden are the wireheads behind the TinyG axis-motion controller board. They should have boards available for sale soon.

What is TinyG – and why?

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