Ball of Energy
Ball of Energy
August 8, 2011 — Imagine if all the energy you spent in a day, playing sports or running around, could be captured and then used to provide energy to power something else — like an appliance in your home, for example.
Four girls, as part of their school project at Harvard University, did just that.
They knew that 25% of all kids worldwide do not have electricity* … and that the vast majority of those same kids play soccer (considered the world’s most popular sport!). After making that connection, they made another one, literally — a light that plugs into … a soccer ball. It’s called a sOccket .
They figured out a way to capture the kinetic (movement) energy that goes into kicking the ball around and then keep it in there until later on when it’s needed, for activities such as reading. 15 minutes of soccer can power a light for up to 3 hours!
The sOccket is in the final stages of development and will be available later this Fall. And while its makers are aware it’s not the solution to the overall problem, they are shedding light on the electricity shortage issue for the 85% of the world’s youth who live in developing countries.*
Want to know more? Have any questions about this story? The nice people at sOccket are willing to answer your questions! Submit them in the comment/question box below and I’ll get it to them for you! Answers will be posted back here.
* according to the www.soccket.com website
**according to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Report 1996