soccket: the energy harnessing soccer ball soccket: the energy harnessing soccer ball
mar 01, 2013

soccket: the energy harnessing soccer ball

‘soccket’: the energy-harnessing soccer ballimage courtesy uncharted play



weighing about 30 grams heavier than a standard soccer ball, ‘soccket’, the energy harnessing soccer ball by uncharted play,is constructed from a custom water-resistant EVA foam that is both durable and soft to the touch. the solid construction eliminates the need for air pumps as well as the risk of puncture and deflation from rough terrain. a pendulum-like mechanism insidecaptures the kinetic momentum generated during play, and stores this energy inside the ‘soccket’ for later use as an off-grid power source. just 30 minutes of play can power a simple LED lamp for 3 hours. designed and assembled in the USA, the project is currently being piloted in select resource-poor areas of north and south america and is currently seeking funding on kickstarter.



detail of the valve for the LED connectionimage courtesy uncharted play



detail of the valve for the LED connectionimage courtesy uncharted play



user contextimage courtesy uncharted play



the ‘soccket’ being used as a lighting sourceimage courtesy uncharted play



infographicimage courtesy uncharted play



ideation sketches

  • I’m sorry, but this is really one of the silliest ideas i’ve ever seen… Actually I’m surprised that someone has taken the time to develop such a concept.
    I mean, I can vaguely see the logic connection: movement makes energy, football makes movement, so football makes energy. Soccer + socket = Soccket. Wow, amazing.
    But I don’t think design is just summing two things in to one. That would be too easy.

    marvin says:

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