Tough men fighting it out on the field to get a hold over the ball has always been entertaining to watch. Seeing players kick, dribble or throw the soccer ball is so much fun. But what we often don’t realize is that during all these acts enormous energy is lost to the environment. Bringing a solution to this problem is a team of four Harvard University students. Jessica Lin, Jessica Matthews, Julia Silverman and Hemali Thakkar have come up with an idea of an energy-harvesting soccer ball.
Dubbed the “sOccket,” this cool, portable energy-harvesting power source in the form of a soccer ball is capable of capturing energy produced by dribbling, throwing or kicking the ball. The energy stored in the ball can be brought into use for powering up LED lights or cellphones. The sOccket could help in keeping away those kerosene lamps that are a serious hazard for humans and the environment. The prototypes weigh a maximum of 21 ounces, only 4 ounces more than a regulation soccer ball. While still a prototype, the team aims to make this amazing soccer ball durable, high quality and inexpensive. A healthy and fun way to keep you accessible to power.