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Soccket: Amazing Energy-Generating Soccer Ball Launches on Kickstarter!
Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On March 2, 2013 @ 9:15 am In Design,Environment,Green Products,Green Technology,humanitarian design,Innovation,Kinetic Energy,News,Renewable Energy,Social Design | 1 Comment
The kinetic energy-generating Soccket soccer ball produces power from play - and it's set to bring energy to off-grid locations around the world! After a year of building prototypes and conducting pilot programs, Uncharted Play just launched the energy-harnessing soccer ball with a fresh new design and a Kickstarter campaign. Developed by a group of Harvard alumni, the Soccket ball can generate three hours of electrical power from just 30 minutes of soccer play, and it offers an eco-friendly alternative to unsafe and unreliable energy sources often used in poor communities around the world.
Designed and assembled in the U.S., Soccket uses Uncharted Play’s patent-pending mechanism that captures and stores the kinetic power  generated through kicking the ball. The small pendulum inside the ball harnesses energy of the movement by turning a generator connected to a rechargeable battery. It is an off-grid power source made from specially designed water-resistant  EVA foam that is both soft and deflation-proof. The energy captured in only 30 minutes of playing soccer can be used to power a small LED lamp  for three hours.
The Soccket was piloted in various low-income areas of North America and South America, bringing energy to those who need it the most. So far the production has been limited to a few hundred Sokkect balls per week, but the team recently launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to scale-up and purchase necessary equipment for the manufacturing processes and will be accepting pledges until 28 March.
Via Uncrate 
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/03/36edd4d01c2ff08ebd1142b7733d47c9_large.jpg
 kinetic power: http://inhabitat.com/charge-your-cellphone-just-by-moving-with-m2e-kinetic-power/
 water-resistant: http://inhabitat.com/scientist-develops-water-resistant-solar-panel-coatings-inspired-by-iridescent-butterfly-wings/
 power a small LED lamp: http://inhabitat.com/holiday-gift-guide-stocking-stuffers-under-50/solar-power-led-light-mini-led-solar-powered-light-micro-solar-flashlight-micro-solar-led-light-compact-impace/
 + Uncharted Play Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/unchartedplay/soccket-the-energy-harnessing-soccer-ball
 Uncrate: http://uncrate.com/stuff/soccket-energy-harnessing-soccer-ball/
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