This new ball works by a 'shake to charge" torch, in which a magnetic ball rolls through a coil in order to generate an electric charge. And it has generated enough electricity to fifa world cup (LED lights) for three hours in just 15 minutes.. It can even charge virtually any kind of mobile phones.
“Soccer is something you will find in every African country," one of sOccket's inventors, Jessica Lin, said.
“People play for hours, days, so we thought, 'Why not try to get a little more out of that energy,"" she added.
Lin said that the ultimate aim was to reduce the passion for football particularly among children in Africa"s poorest communities and provide them with reading torches when the light goes off.
Julia Silverman who also worked on the project brought the ball to South Africa"s towns for trials to coincide with the World Cup.
“The kids call it 'the magic ball". Whenever you see a child plug in their ball for the first time and see the torch light up from the energy they"ve created, their eyes light up too it"s a wonderful feeling," quoted Julia as saying.
“If you think that the energy generated by a 15-minute kick around provides three hours of light, you can read a lot of pages from a textbook in that time," she added.
The sOccket ball may be available online by the end of 2010. The team will sell them to people in developed countries with an offer of buy one get one free in which the second ball will be sent to charities working in African towns.
“Obviously, this won't be a regulation ball. But it"s a big improvement over some of the makeshift balls the kids create from things like old plastic bags," said Lin.