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Soccket Soccer Ball Generator, and Its Critiques

Soccket is a soccer ball that harnesses energy with every kick and female cialis volley it gets. Developed by Harvard grads, the toy boasts a successful Kickstarter campaign, surpassing a funding goal of $75,000 by over $17,000 last month. A pendulum inside the Soccket ball swings when the ball moves, generating clean energy for a rechargeable battery stored inside. According to branded cialis Uncharted Play, Soccket’s makers, thirty minutes of play translates into three hours of light from its companion LED lamp. Pictured above, the little lamp is cialis order online discount currently the only appliance it can charge, by being plugged directly into the ball. The ball itself seems relatively unencumbered by its tech features; according to the campaign’s Kickstarter video, Soccket is only about an ounce heavier than a standard soccer ball, and it's filled with specialized foam, so it won’t deflate.

The Soccket is one item among an extensive group of "eco" products that takes an activity usually independent of producing energy (in this case, a fun one) and turns it into an opportunity for clean energy generation. Recalling other kinetic energy devices, like the nPower PEG, which powers handheld electronics while you walk or ride a bike, there’s something immediately appealing about turning play into power. If I want to play soccer anyway during the day, why not get a ball that’ll power a light to read by at night?

However, the primary purpose of the Soccket -- and the main way it’s being marketed, to help poor communities around the world -- has generated some important critiques. There are much more efficiently powered LED lamps available, including these designed and built by a former EcoGeek writer. Is a soccer ball that powers a little lamp truly helpful aid to communities in need, or does it simply sound cool to well-intentioned, privileged individuals?

Aaron Ausland, of the blog Staying for Tea, argues that framing a soccer ball as an eco-friendly "solution" for poor communities "grossly overplays the potential of the ball and misleads investors and buyers about the social impact they get for their money." Ausland, in addition to his thought-provoking list of problems with the Soccket, points out that the Soccket’s generative powers are roughly the equivalent of "four weakly-rechargeable AA batteries." The conversation doesn’t end at his critiques, as Ausland posted a response from Julia C. Silverman, co-founder of Uncharted Play, who emphasized the company’s intent to work with communities, continue their evaluation of the Soccket’s impact, and focus on fun for children, noting that they capped the Soccket’s power so play for kids doesn’t become work for power.

image via Soccket Kickstarter

via: Inhabitat

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written by Jon, April 29, 2013
While this is a clever device, I think it has no practical use. It isn't even a remotely efficient use of time for people who really need light. I would think that people so desperately in need of power will not have time for kicking a soccer ball around. Just my opinon.
History and Scale
written by gmoke, April 29, 2013
The Play Pump which was a child's carousel that pumped water was all the rage a few years ago. Turns out it didn't work all that well. However, I'm not sure that the pumping seesaw from Gaviotas, Colombia has every been tried outside of that town.

I remember reading about an African woman who had no place near to charge her cell phone. She had to ride her bike into town a half hour or more each way to charge it. Of course, if she'd had a cell phone charger on her bike....

Energy miser tech like LED lights and cell phones mean that AA battery scale power can be important for every day life, not only in Africa but also in the online levitra prescription so-called developed world. The future is low energy, efficient energy supplied with 100% renewable energy and zero emissions. That is a world we need to envision and viagra on sale produce.
Lifestyle product
written by toofin, May 01, 2013
The product can be a unique decorative piece for a living room of a sport's person like me
Are these balls edible?
written by Simon, May 03, 2013
I think edible versions of these balls would be very popular. After you finish kicking it around the field, plug your cellphone into the ball and charge up your phone, and when your phone is charged then you can eat the ball.
It's the thought that counts:)
written by Peter from Melodeego, May 17, 2013
While I agree that making something like this effircient is important I believe that helping people to really see the connection between there own blood and sweat and the energy they can use is really useful. Especially for kids. I believe something like Liter of Light is click now levitra no rx required a more praactical solutions for 3rd world countries though. Check it out:‎
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written by BozemanMan, May 18, 2013
"--- will not have time for kicking a soccer ball around."

The allure of a Soccer Career in the mind of an desperately poor young boy in a 3rd World location will attract many youngsters to participate in kicking the ball around. The ability to have a short term source of light for reading and studying after the game is a distinct plus. Soccer Balls are used by salesmen, dooctors, nurses, missionaries, government workers, aid providers, etc. to open doors into family homes and communities, especially in rural Africa, Europe, Asia, Central and South America.

Every age group knows what a Soccer Ball is and appreciate getting one. Have them kick it around and how to buy cialis in canada then show them the light.

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