The Soccket was developed by Jessica O. Matthews in 2008 while she was a student at Harvard. In 2011, she launched her company, Uncharted Play, where she¬†combines her love of social entrepreneurship with¬†her growing business. As Matthews told Forbes earlier this year, the start-up process wasn’t necessarily¬†smooth, but once product design issues were resolved things really took off. The Soccket is made from recyclable EVA foam, recyclable plastic and a zinc pendulum,¬†while the Pulse is made of recyclable plastic and rubber. Both items use a metal motor and gears and a li-ion battery.

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While the Soccket was initially designed to provide off-grid energy in developing countries, it’s also now available via the Uncharted Play online store.¬†Sales support the company’s programs, including Think Out of Bounds, which uses the kinetic energy harnessing products to teach kids lessons in STEM.¬†So what’s not to love about products that get kids and adults¬†exercising, produce kinetically derived energy, support education initiatives and provide a much-needed energy source in developing countries? No, I can’t really think of anything either! The Soccket II and the Pulse retail for $99 each plus shipping.¬†We think they would make a fantastic gift that gives twice this holiday season.

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