SOCCKET: A soccer ball that generates electricity
– The need: 1/4 of the world lives without access to reliable electricity. Alternations, such as kerosene lamps, diesel generators, and woodburning stoves produce harmful emissions and kill 1.6 million people each year, costing families up to 30% of their incomes.
– What it does: The SOCCKET provides a healthy alternative by improving access to lighting and electricity. With only 30 minutes of play, the SOCCKET provides 3 hours of light.
– How it works: The SOCCKET is a portable generator in the form of a size 5 soccer ball. Its internal gyroscopic mechanism takes the kinetic energy from rolling and converts and stores it as electrical energy. After the game is finished, the included single-bulb LED lamp can be plugged into the ball to provide hours of light from just minutes of play. The SOCCKET has a six-watt power output which can support many small appliances (lamps, mobile phones, fans, speakers, water purifiers, hot plates, etc…). The ball is designed and produced in the United States. The internal gyroscope is protected by a water-resistant shell that can be kicked by bare feet and best of all, requires no inflation.