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Much more than a normal soccer ball, the SOCCKET is a portable generator that provides fun and power to those who play with it.

Less than 48 hours to go and $14,000 away from 100K!

Thank you all for your support so far. We're blown away by the power of our backers.

Let's see if we can break through 100K before the end. 

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Thanks again to everyone!

Update #6 · Mar. 19, 2013

Howdy Partners! We're Almost There!

We're so close to being fully funded -- only 2% left!

Can you help tip us over the edge by sharing our campaign?

Here's some suggested tweets or posts:

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And please share any funny/goofy tweets or posts with us. We need laughs to break the suspense!

We were recently featured in Time Magazine NewsFeed, NY Daily News, Mashable, and FastCo Design.

Check out below what Ashton Kutcher and Bill Gates have to say about the SOCCKET.

Thank you everyone so much for your support and enthusiasm.

Update: We've Got Stretch Goals!

Thanks again to everyone that has supported us so far! In just one week, we've reached 47% of our funding goal!

Based on feedback from our supporters, we would like to introduce a couple of stretch goals that we think will make the SOCCKET even better.

Stretch Goal 1 - $100,000
If we are able to reach $100,000 before our deadline, we will offer a energy-tracking device so you can see how much power you generate as you play with your SOCCKET.

Stretch Goal 2 - $150,000
If we are able to reach $150,000 before the project deadline, we will offer an emergency cell phone charger that can connect to your SOCCKET.

We've already built working prototypes of both upgrades but we need additional funding to scale the production. With your help, both the energy-tracking device and the cell phone charger will be offered first to our Kickstarter backers.

Once again we are extremely grateful for all of the support and can't wait to see what the next three weeks will bring! Let's share this project and get the word out so we can make your SOCCKET do even more!

What is the SOCCKET?

The SOCCKET is a durable, energy-harnessing soccer ball. Using Uncharted Play’s patent pending technology, the pendulum-like mechanism inside the SOCCKET captures the kinetic energy generated during normal play, and stores it in the ball for later use as an off-grid power source. Just 30 minutes of play can power a simple LED lamp for 3 hours.

About one ounce heavier than a standard soccer ball, the SOCCKET is constructed from a custom water-resistant EVA foam that is both durable and soft to the touch. Designed and assembled in the USA, the SOCCKET is currently being piloted in select resource-poor areas of North America and South America.

Ball Specifications:

  • 6 watt output – capable of powering our lamp for more than 72 hours
  • Weighs 17oz – only one ounce more than normal soccer ball
  • Airless 
  • Deflation-proof
  • Water resistant shell
  • Assembled in the United States

What It's For

Since we first prototyped the SOCCKET we have been fortunate to receive overwhelming demand and interest from people who want to use them for many purposes. 

We've given SOCCKETs to families living without light.

We've worked with teachers to use SOCCKETs to teach about energy, poverty, and entrepreneurship.

And we've had a lot of fun just using them ourselves!

How it works

As you play with the SOCCKET, a small pendulum inside the ball harnesses the kinetic energy of movement by turning a generator connected to a rechargeable battery. Simply plug the included LED lamp into the ball, and you have light!

Production Status

We’ve spent more than a full year building prototypes, conducting pilot programs, listening to feedback, and improving the SOCCKET thanks to support from corporate sponsors.

We’ve explored dozens of designs, materials, and manufacturing facilities and processes, and we finally have a version of the SOCCKET that we’re happy with.

We’ve identified and are working with several domestic vendors for most of our components, along with a few from overseas.

Our current assembly process is very manual labor intensive, which limits our output to a few hundred per week. We’d really like to scale up to thousands per week to meet demand and reach as many people we can, so we are turning to Kickstarter to help us get to the next level.

What We Need

We’ve been able to solidify our assembly process over the course of our numerous iterations, but due to the amount of manual labor, it is costly and time-intensive. In order to scale up, we need to hire more people, purchase more tools and equipment, automate parts of the assembly process, and expand our manufacturing facility. Doing this will enable us to reach more people with the SOCCKET while still being able to perform our manufacturing in the USA. 

In order to accomplish our goal of making SOCCKETs available for everyone, we need your help with two things:

  • Contribute to our project (every little bit helps!) 
  • Spread the word! The more people who we get the word out to the more likely we are to succeed. 

Who we are 

Uncharted play is a team of 8 people (plus our wonderful interns) from various disciplines who seek to fulfill a mission to create fun products and services that address real world issues and bring joy to the masses.

Join a community of innovators

By backing us you’ll be joining a group of leading innovators.

Thanks Everyone!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As with any hardware project, scaling up production volume carries some risks and challenges.

Most of our components are sourced domestically, but we have a few from overseas that could be affected by shipping and/or customs delays.

We've already sourced and received low-volume orders for all of our components, and have rigorously tested them for quality. We feel that with the work we've put in over the past year, we can successfully navigate the potential issues and challenges.

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