‘Hackaball’ turns programming into play.

A smart and responsive ball that children can program to invent and play games has been created. A team of industrial designers is aiming to turn "programming into play" with a hackable ball that lets kids invent their own games. "Hackaball is a tough, responsive, programmable ball that pairs with an iPad app," explains William Owen, from innovation consultants Inside it is a gyro, an accelerometer, a vibration motor, nine LEDs, a rechargeable battery, some memory and a speaker. That...
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Energy Harvesting Soccer Ball

New soccer ball, called the sOccet ball, generates enough energy to light up a home. ThisĀ invention was developed by four students from Harvard University in partnership with the Laboratory at Harvard Think-Tank; it's a soccer ball which they call the sOccet that generates electricity from normal kicking during game play. The ball has a built-in inductive coil that collects kinetic energy. After about 15 minutes of kicking the ball around it will produce enough electricity to charge LED li...
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