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  • The 'Soccket' ball converts kinetic energy to stored electricity

    During President Barack Obama’s weeklong, three-country tour of Africa, he took the time to play some soccer, but with a far-from-ordinary ball.

    In Tanzania, Obama introduced locals to The Soccket, an energy-generating soccer ball created by recent Harvard alums Jessica Matthews and Julia Silverman. With every kick, the kinetic energy of the ball’s movement is converted into stored electrical energy. Roughly 30 minutes of play is enough to provide up to three hours of light.

    “I don’t want to get too technical, but I thought it was pretty cool,” said Obama on the final day of his tour. “The SOCCKET turns one of the most popular games in Africa into a source of electricity and progress. You can imagine this in villages all across the continent.”

    Today, with around 3,000 balls on the ground, the future looks bright indeed.

    Photo: Jason Reed/Reuters

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