Continuous efforts are made in the field of renewable energy sources . similar efforts are made by a New York firm who has created a way of powering small household appliances using sports equipment .
when a player kicks the Soccket football each time , a built-in mechanism converts the kinetic energy into an electrical charge. The Soccket is a form of foam football covered in leather fitted with a pendulum .
The mechanism is such that , the pendulum swings and turns a generator , which then charges a built-in battery which powers USB lights.
This port doubles up as a phone charger and can power other devices . The firm claims 30 minutes of play gives upto 3 hours of power.
This charge can then be used to power specially-designed lights, as well as other small appliances, via a built-in USB port.
The Soccket project was originally a Kickstarter campaign set up by New York-based firm Uncharted Play.
The company set a target of $75,000 (£45,600) and achieved a total of $92,296 (£56,100) by the time the campaign closed in March.
Soccket uses the firm’s patented G-Kick technology.
Each time the ball is kicked, a pendulum inside it swings, and these swings turn a generator connected to a rechargeable battery.
This stored energy can be used to power a small light, plugged into the ball using a USB port.
This USB port can also be used to connect other small household items, including phone chargers, to the device.
It is also sturdy and can be kicked without damaging the inside, claims the company.
Uncharted Play has already tested the ball in poor communities across South Africa, Mexico and Brazil and said the technology is ideal for areas with basic electrical networks.
Soccket balls are available from the Uncharted Play website for $99 (£60) each.
The company have also created the Pulse skipping rope, which harnesses kinetic energy in a similar way to the Soccket, but can instead be used to power small applications and charge mobile phones.
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