sOccket is a soccer ball that generates electricity while it’s being kicked around and stores it to be used later. It generates enough energy to power an LED light or charge a small electronic device–which may not seem like much power. But in Africa and third world countries, it could literally mean the difference between life and death.
Developing counties struggle with basic power and still use kerosene lamps to get light. But when burned indoors these lamps are extremely harmful to human health creating the same ill effects of inhaling two packs of cigarettes a day. Furthermore, kerosene lamps have a negative impact on the environment. They contribute 190 million tons of carbon emissions to the atmosphere a year, or 38 million cars’ worth.
This bright idea have been brought to life by four Harvard students. Kick the ball around for 10 minutes and you’ll get three hours of usable electricity. This is a positive plug for technology as an innovative solution for biology (people).