Kicking around a soccer ball is a fun thing to do, and now the pick-up game at the local field can also power your reading lamp.
The Soccket is a soccer ball, but it has a set of pendulums inside that swing around as you kick the ball or bounce it. The motion inside generates power, and the electricity is stored in a battery. On one side is a small seal that opens and reveals a power socket for a small LED lamp. Plug it in, and it can shine or about three hours if the ball bounces and rolls for about thirty minutes, longer if one plays with it more.
The Soccket was invented by Jessica O. Matthews, Julia Silverman, Jessica Lin and Hemali Thakkar while they were students at Harvard University. After they graduated, Matthews and Silverman started a company called Uncharted Play to distribute it.
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Soccket was originally rolled out in 2010, and since then Uncharted Play has refined the technology, reducing the size of the internal mechanism, for example. Alison Dalton Smith, Director of Communications for Uncharted Play, told Discovery News that children in Africa playing with the first models said the ball was too heavy. It weighs in at 17 ounces, just a hair heavier than a regulation soccer ball, which is 14-16 ounces.