SOCCKET – Kicking A Soccer Ball Gives You Light

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I haven’t seen something this awesome in a little while.  What you’re looking at in the images of this post is a device that was funded on Kickstarter called Soccket.  Soccket is a soccer ball that has a kinetic energy converter inside; once you kick the ball around for 30 minutes, you get 3 hours of LED light from the included flexible LED lamp.  Think of the implications of greatness that can come from this device — Soccket gives people in the Third World (or really any world) the ability to have light in which to live and study at night, all from playing for 30 minutes.  Soccket is also being fitted with a phone charger as well, which is apparently coming in the next round of Kickstarter funding.

Soccket (and Uncharted Play, Inc) is the brain child of co-partners Jessica O. Matthews and Julia Silverman.  Talk about a cool story – from the Uncharted Play, Inc website on the founding:

In May of 2011, Jessica O. Matthews and Julia Silverman founded Uncharted Play–a new kind of social enterprise that would show the world that doing good and doing good business need not be mutually exclusive.

The Uncharted Play dream began in 2008 when Matthews and Silverman met during their junior year at Harvard College. Both studying to be social scientists with no experience in engineering, they nonetheless worked together on a class project to invent the SOCCKET– an energy harnessing soccer ball. Through this experience, both women realized that the world of play was truly uncharted territory when it came to tangibly addressing real issues facing the society. Though the future was uncertain, they knew that an enterprise grounded in sustainable, realistic solutions for happiness had an undeniable value.

After graduating from college, Matthews and Silverman set up shop in New York City and established an enthusiastic team to further develop the founders core values. The SOCCKET is constantly being reiterated to truly meet the needs of the end user, and development on several other fun and functional products has already begun.

From the Uncharted Play Kickstarter campaignUncharted Play, Inc is the company who invented 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.

Check this out!

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The Daily Lamp – Agricola, Made from Completely Recycled Fruit, Vegetable, and Cereal Material

From Studio Atuppertu in Eindhoven, Netherlands comes a lamp that’s going to last you about 8 to 10 years before it completely breaks down into earthen dust.  I think.  Gionatta Gato, who established the studio, has this to say about it — and with hair like Gionata’s, I believe every word that comes from this man’s mouth!

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From the website for Agricola:

Can we imagine design products made of materials purchased on the base of their environmental impact and completely dependent on local resources?

Agricola is a series of design products based on criteria of low CO2 emissions and use of available local resources. The products are made of waste coming from the production and consumption of fruit, vegetables, cereals. By using a selection of that medium, treated with different natural bonds (such as LATEX, DAMMAR Gum and Gamboge) it’s possible to produce clean and mouldable materials that would least in time and quality between 8 and 10 years. After this time frame, the product will normally biodegrade and decompose in a composter, becoming nutrient for trees and vegetables. The first collection consists in a series of lights, proposed in different shapes and sizes and it representS a first example of design products that offers clear purchasing ethic parameters to the consumers.

The materials of nature and their perpetual change express in fact the unique value of Agricola. The colors of the fields change every season, offering discarded materials that, once dried, highlight a colour range that goes from the light green to the brown, passing via tones of light and dark yellows. Thus, together with all-seasons materials, it is also possible to investigate “seasonal” colors, completely dependent on the local agricultural waste produced from each period of the year.

Each product refers to the provenience of the specific material, informing also about what it is, when it has been collected and who produced it, communicating itself an artistic function that speaks through a material, a colour and a smell.

This sounds very, very cool — what do you think?  I wonder if Gionata is just sticking random smells in random orders… Would you get the apple-smelling lamp or the celery-smelling lamp?  I for one would hope for the Frosted Flakes lamp!

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I quickly mistook this photo for two Wasa breads sitting next to each other!

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My favorite part of all of this is seeing the designer’s working drawings…  I carry a Moleskine book with me every freaking place I travel on Earth, and I make brain goo into scribbles in that book.  I love seeing other designers’ brain goo translations!

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All of these photos belong to Studio Atuppertu, so be nice and credit them if you cross-post!

Awesome Anti-Coal Ads from Bruce Power in Ontario

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Living in Canada has been an interesting Google experience for me; since my search queries are mostly based on the .ca domain, I get lots of research results for events and companies up here in Canada, as you’d assume. Like this:

and this one:

Not to mention this one:

These ads are from a company called Bruce Power, which is about 150 miles NW of Toronto. Bruce Power is Canada’s first private nuclear power generator, with a combined complex output of 6300 megawatts. That’s a whole lot of low greenhouse gas emission power. Now that’s not to say nuclear doesn’t have its own pitfalls, like really having no safe way to store the waste. But that’s another post for another day.  Frankly, any step against beating Big Coal down to size is a good step for the world as a whole.

Thanks to Atomic Insights!

Hakan Gursu’s V-Tent – A Solar Panel Car Charging Parking System?

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As everyone knows, the Sun is awesome.  It can provide more energy than the entire world uses in 500,000 years at our current industrial speed every second.  It’s really all that we need.  Ever.  For everything and anything.  We just need to be able to harness more of its power to convert to energy, and become better at the amount of sunlight that we can convert into energy.  Oh, then we have to have better storage for all of that solar energy we save.  The list is long, but distinguished.

Designer and founder of DesignNobis in Ankara, Turkey has taken the idea of utilizing solar energy in places that seem like perfect spots for such usage, and he’s gone awesomely crazy.  World, meet Hakan Gursu’s V-Tent, a concept solar car charger/parking spot.  Check this out:

This is a pretty awesome idea — park your electric car in your regular parking spot at the office, or at the store, or at a restaurant, right?  You pay your fee, the car charger opens up and covers your car.  You go about your whatever, and when you come back, presto — you’re charged, literally and figuratively.  This is a pretty cool idea!

As with anything – questions come up:

  • What happens if my car was too big or too long for the device?
  • If the parking system is in a sandy or dusty climate, wouldn’t the roll scratch my car with leftover debris?
  • What happens if I need to get into my car once the charging process has started?

Ah, it’s still awesome.  Check out some more concept images:

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Awesome work, Hakan!  Check out DesignNobis, Hakan’s team has some awesome work, and they’ve been winning all sorts of awards!

Thanks DesignBoom!

How Energy Efficient Buildings Work [Infographic]

Another infographic that is RELEVANT to my interests!

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I just find these things so very interesting and provocatively helpful; it’s an image, but organized in such a way that you’re led on a journey across, up, down, and along the image.  The jackpot at the end of the rainbow?  You learn something!

For instance, let’s learn about How Energy Efficient Buildings Work!

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Saturday for Sustainability News

There are so many stories out there in my newsreader today about sustainability in energy production that it’s difficult to parse them all without talking about every single one.  But if I did that, I cold have neither A) Laura or B) a life, so I have to sometimes cull the massive amount of information into manageable little chunks.  My buddy Greg told me once:

How do you eat an elephant?  One spoonful at a time.

Here’s some spoonfuls of elephant that we all need to see:

Glut of Solar Panels is a Good Thing

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From CleanTechnica, is the market’s complete over-saturation of Solar Panels actually a good thing for the market?

US Residential Solar Financing to Reach $5.7 Billion by 2016

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The fact that residential solar financing is expected to reach into the near six billion dollar mark in the US alone should warrant some jubilation.  Right?  GreenTech Solar thinks so.

President Obama:  ‘We Must Do More on Climate Change’

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Another one from CleanTechnica, Obama stated that we must do more on climate change.  But he slipped the word “pipeline” in there.  We’re to assume that Obama means the Keystone XL Pipeline; are we also to assume he;s going to cave to Big Oil like he did Big Pharma?

As a side note, Consumer Energy Report also did a nice article on Obama’s climate change talk, well worth the read.

Hydro Beats Coal and Nuclear, Which Beat Oil and Natural Gas Plants, says A Recent Study

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This article is awesome, from Next Big Future.  It’s to a PDF link of a study talking about different scenarios for environmental stability.  It’s extremely nerdy, but that’s what you should expect here!
(thanks to TreeHugger for the photo!)

And now, time to sit and enjoy life with my wife.  I swear I am going to get that right this time.

Nieuwe Heren’s Aegis Parka Warns You about Pollution with Light

Dutch designers Nieuwe Heren make another appearance on JimOnLight.com!  You might remember them from their very cool Deconstructed Floodlight about a year ago.

Meet the Aegis Parka — a jacket that lights up to warn you about polluted areas in real time.  It reminds me of the movie Cherry 2000 and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome all rolled into one crazy looking piece of clothing:

It detects toxins in the air, offers oxygen, and features a very durable ceramic scaly fabric that is supposed to be pretty tough.  From the Nieuwe Heren website on the Aegis Parka:

Aegis: as stated in the Iliad, is the shield of Zeus, possessing great powers, forged by Hephaestus with a surface of gold like scaly snake-skin.

With Urban pollution growing out of hand, and lifespans diminishing due to airborne pollutants we felt the urge to design a jacket that counters those effects.

A sensor in the parka registers hazardous molecules and signals you of the intensity. The more Led’s illuminated the worse the air quality. A built in respirator with an active carbon filter helps you inhale fresh air.

Biking/walking through the city wearing this garment even contributes to the air quality, as the suit is treated with a TiO2 (titaniumdioxide) solution, which cleanses the air due to it’s photocatalystic properties.

The garment is created from schoeller®-Ceraspace™, a scaly fabric created out of ceramic particles, making it far more abrasion and heat resistant then leather.

The inner lining consists of schoeller®-PCM™ a special textile containing millions of microcapsules filled with Phase Change Materials (PCM). They balance out temperatures which are too high or too low to achieve the wearer’s personal comfort climate.

Very cool!  Welcome back to JimOnLight, Nieuwe Heren!

Thanks to Geek, Stuff, and DesignBoom!

Beware! The Blob

While not a 1970s scifi horror flick, Sunday Paper‘s spectacular short film Light is certainly haunting. For a fascinating and beautiful minute and a half short film, it certainly carries an elegiac note.

 

 

Just watch it!

 

Light from Sunday Paper on Vimeo.