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Obama plays with ‘soccket’ energy-creating soccer ball in Tanzania

On his final day in Africa, President Barack Obama got a little kicky while paying a visit to a power plant in Ubungo, Tanzania.

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Obama’s playfulness was part of a demonstration designed to show off an invention by two Harvard graduates that’s seen as a way to help bring electricity to rural areas that don’t have any.

Aides handed Obama a white “SOCCKET” ball, a soccer ball with a hole for a charging cable. The balls generate energy for people who don’t have access to power grids by harnessing the kinetic energy from play.

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The SOCCKET ball has a pendulum-like mechanism inside that creates kinetic energy during play and stores it. Its maker says 30 minutes of play can power a simple LED lamp for three hours. The plan is to distribute the ball to kids across Africa, where soccer is a popular sport. During the demonstration, Obama helped attach opposite ends of a cable to the ball and a cellphone.

“I don’t want to get too technical, but I thought it was pretty cool,” Obama said in his remarks touting the Power Africa initiative. “You can imagine this in villages all across the continent.”

via Huffington Post Images via Huffington Post and Getty

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