Plugging in, powering on or illuminating an otherwise dark space at anytime is something that most of us take for granted. But for many in our global population, where the location is remote or adequate infrastructure has not yet been built, this can be a pipe dream. Two new innovative products, sOccket and the GravityLight, are here to change that by using ordinary items and simple processes to deliver power and light in unconventional ways.
sOckett, which looks like a standard soccer ball, uses kinetic energy to generate electricity. If you kick around a sOccket ball for 30 minutes it will turn your kinetic energy into 3 hours of electricity: a full charge (16 hours of play) can provide 72 hours of electricity. Imagine if we had our soccer teams practice with sOccket balls and then sent them to people in remote areas? Clever sOccket leverages the world’s oldest passion (soccer) to generate and capture energy in an entirely new way.
The GravityLight delights the engineer in everyone by using gravity to generate light. This small device hangs on a wall and like a grandfather clock, uses a pulley system and a weighted bag to move a series of gears that run a motor to power on an LED light. The bag can be filled with whatever heavy items are nearby (e.g. sand or rocks) and within 3 seconds, 25 minutes of light can be generated. The GravityLight provides safe, reliable light to people without access to electricity and eliminates the need for expensive and toxic kerosene lamps.
Not only do the sOccket ball and GravityLight provide electricity and light for people that cannot power on or light up easily, these products use centuries old practices in innovative ways to solve real world problems. Just think how bright the future could be if we harnessed all of our curious minds to be creative about making what is old new again.