A New York-based startup is taking the idea of energy harvesting to a more philanthropic level through the use of something that can be found in nearly every country in the world--a soccer ball.
The founders of Uncharted Play Inc. have developed a prototype soccer ball, called SOCCKET, that captures the kinetic energy created when it is kicked or thrown. The ball -- born out of an undergraduate project at Harvard University and developed in part by company co-founders Jessica O. Matthews and Julia Silverman -- stores that energy in an internal battery that can be used later.
The ball "uses an energy harvester inside that swings like a pendulum whenever the ball moves". Does this mean that it moves in an erratic pattern because of the moving mass inside? It might be annoying to the ball players.