Maybe you’ve seen bicycles generate electricity when pedaled on their customized trainer. Pretty cool, but mostly for those who have at least a thousand bucks (for the bike, trainer and all the peripherals) to put out. A few years ago four women from Harvard invented the SOocket Ball – modeled after the ball used in the most popular sport in the world – soccer. This little wonder-ball generates and stores electricity when kicked, tossed, rolled, etc.; and with a nominal manufacture cost of around $70, that they’re trying to get down to just $10, it will likely hit the shelves at significantly less than the bike trainers.
Once charged, the SOocket Ball can be used to power a cell phone charger, light, fan, etc. Word has it that the new prototype will be able to produce much more power and even a water purifier….very cool. An inexpensive “toy” + an incredibly popular sport + little kids having fun and getting exercise = a fantastic device I know I would love to have if I was a citizen of a third world country – or heck – even some of the so called “civilized” places rife with poverty.
Currently, SOocket Balls are being prepped for mass manufacture. Once they hit the shelves in the U.S., each time a ball is purchased, another ball will be donated to a high-need community in Africa ala the Tom’s shoes model.
For more information, visit Uncharted Play, the company developed for marketing, manufacture and distribution of the SOocket Ball.