Imagine if you will, a child in South Africa plays soccer with her friends for an hour. Then goes home and plugs her LED reading lamp in to the ball so that she can study.
Science fiction? Not any more.
Meet the sOccket, the soccer ball that converts energy in to electricity. It works much like the shake to light flashlights. It's still in the prototype stages, but exercise & free electricity? Sounds like a winning idea to me.
It should be available for sale in the Western areas by the end of 2010, and they will be distributing it to developing countries at little or no cost by using a 'buy one/give one' plan.
Learn more about the sOccket here.
Sign up for their mailing list (to be notified when it goes on sale) here.
(I'm waiting on permission to use a photo of sOccket.)