About this project
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.
For the tech lover in your life:
need to power up? check out this electricity generating soccer ball http://goo.gl/E1c8f
For your friend who needs a laugh to lighten their dating slump
your game need a boost? http://goo.gl/E1c8f
For the intrepid festival goer:
Skip the line at the solar charging station, get a soccket http://goo.gl/E1c8f
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:
Looking for some power in your life? Support the energy-harnessing soccer ball on Kickstarter! http://goo.gl/E1c8f
Help spread the word, the energy-harnessing soccer ball is on Kickstarter! http://goo.gl/E1c8f
And please share any funny/goofy tweets or posts with us. We need laughs to break the suspense!
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!
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.
- 6 watt output – capable of powering our lamp for more than 72 hours
- Weighs 17oz – only one ounce more than normal soccer ball
- 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!
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.
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Risks and challenges
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The green SOCCKET is only different in color. The original SOCCKET is white and the green SOCCKET is, well, green:)
Unfortunately, Kickstarter does not allow you to back the same reward more than once. You can however back the other versions of the SOCCKET at different rewards levels. You can also team up with friends to get more than one SOCCKET as a group.
The estimated delivery date for SOCCKETs is August 2013, but we will ship them as soon as they are ready!
Please add the shipping fee to your pledge total. If you did not do so, click the "Back this Project" button again and it should take you to a screen where you can edit your original pledge amount to include the cost of shipping.
At this time, the included lamp is the only appliance for the SOCCKET. If we are successfully funded on Kickstarter, other appliances and a USB adapter will be available as add-ons.
Yes you can! Back the reward level of your choosing and if we reach our goal, we will contact you for shipping information. At this time, you can elect to have the SOCCKET shipped to our NGO partner (TBD) instead of to you.
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