Playing to Light Up Lives

Uncharted Play is a social enterprise based in New York City founded with the mission of harnessing the power of play to achieve social good. PHOTO: UP

Uncharted Play is a social enterprise based in New York City founded with the mission of harnessing the power of play to achieve social good. PHOTO: UP

1.2 billion people around the world lack access to reliable electricity. They end up using kerosene lamps or diesel generators for their lighting requirements. But did you know that the annual collective emissions from kerosene lamps all over the world is equal to the carbon emissions of 38 million automobiles? It’s not just the carbon footprint – burning kerosene lamps indoors is as bad for the lungs as smoking two packs of cigarettes per day.

Uncharted Play is a social enterprise based in New York City founded in May 2011 with the mission of harnessing the power of play to achieve social good. Realizing that soccer is a popular game with kids in developing countries, they came up with sOckket – a soccer ball that stores kinetic energy and converts it into energy that will power LED lights. Just 15 minutes of play generates energy to power an LED lamp for 3 hours.

Another product of theirs is called The Pulse – a jump rope that charges a portable, emergency battery.There is a long way to go until rural homes and villages are given lasting lighting sources – be it grid-based or off-grid. But innovations like the sOckket and The Pulse- though not perfect are good places to start looking into the potential of kinetic energy.

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