Charge your torch by playing soccer! Yeah, you heard it right, a soccer ball by Unchartered Play generates a clean, accessible electrical energy output by just playing with it.
Haha, no it’s not magic. The foundation of the idea is a simple mechanism to capture the kinetic energy from the ball movement and convert it into an electrical charge. The Soccket is an energy-capturing soccer ball developed by Unchartered Play that is capable of providing three hours of light after just 30 minutes of play. The main aim of the project is to bring light to areas where access to electricity is either scarce or irregular.
The sturdy design features a water resistant foam and leather outer shell which houses Unchartered Play’s patented G-Kick technology system to harness and store the energy. In simpler terms, every time the ball is kicked, a pendulum inside swings and turns on a generator, producing energy that is then stored inside a rechargeable battery. The Soccket comes with a small LED light that can be attached via an inbuilt USB drive in the ball and you can also plug in other small households items like mobile phone chargers or a small fan. Rigourous testing shows that the ball can weather tough conditions and is also suitable for use on non-flat playing fields.
The Soccket programme works roughly like so: customers can purchase a Soccket for 99 USD via the website. The company then directs part of the proceeds towards ensuring one child can join a Soccket team in one of the regions where Unchartered Play is active, giving that child one LED light and shared access to a Soccket ball as well a STEM education. The Soccket programme is currently active in Mexico and the United States while pilot programmes have taken place in Nigeria, Mexico, Brazil, and South Africa. Socckets are scheduled for distribution to Benin, Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, and South Africa. Children are grouped into teams of five and teams are provided with one Soccket and five portable lamps so that after playing, each member of the team can charge their lamps and take light back home.
Check out the idea behind Soccket via the video below:
Having already won numerous awards, Unchartered Play – founded by Jessica O. Matthews and Julia Silverman – has been praised by former US President Bill Clinton and various other world-renowned organisations and leaders.
The Unchartered Play team recently concluded a crowdfunding campaign and was successfully able to raise an 475,000 USD of its 500,000 USD target. Visit the Uncharted Play website or follow their Twitter handle for more updates.