President plugs electricity generating soccer ball in Tanzania

Don’t forget to thank President Obama for his contribution as well. His brief playtime today with a Soccket ball — a soccer ball that converts kinetic energy into electricity — didn’t generate much power, but it did serve to underscore the president’s plan to invest $7 billion in energy access programs across Africa. It also produced a couple of photos of the president with a ball on his head, as well as several tweets lauding the idea.

https://twitter.com/MagicalEarth/status/352146421526437888

President Obama declared the Soccket ball “pretty cool,” adding, “You can imagine this in villages all across the country.” Here’s a shot from Uncharted Play showing the LED lamp in action.

As cool as the idea is, someone had to be a spoil sport. Before spending the whole $7 billion on soccer balls, hopefully President Obama will look into the dissenting view. As a piece in Foreign Policy notes, while the Soccket costs $99, “you can get a solar-powered lamp for $10. It isn’t clear why anyone would pay 10 times that for a light whose power source you have to kick around for half an hour to get less illumination.”

  • Billie Slash

    Too bad you can’t drive a soccer ball to work #LameInvention
    What Obama and Michelle need is An Air Force One plane that runs on methane gas, which they are full of.

    • Elaine

      Probably why we will be donating BILLIONS to Africa this year.. soccer balls. Maybe they can use those to light up the WH & save money, so our kids can tour it, finally?

      • objectivefactsmatter

        Math is hard. Spending is easy.

  • Billie Slash

    Too bad you can’t drive a soccer ball to work #LameInvention
    What Obama and Michelle need is An Air Force One plane that runs on methane gas, which they are full of.

  • CatHerder

    But won’t all that strenuous exercise worsen the global warming?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      We’ll need to have mandatory use of the ball and have federal guidelines for their diets. From now on.

  • CatHerder

    But won’t all that strenuous exercise worsen the global warming?

  • TocksNedlog

    Dim Bulb.

  • TocksNedlog

    Dim Bulb.

  • jukin

    How much did the people at Soccket give the 0bama 2012 campaign?

    It is good to see that 0bama has kept his perfect record of failure by once again picking a loser.

  • jukin

    How much did the people at Soccket give the 0bama 2012 campaign?

    It is good to see that 0bama has kept his perfect record of failure by once again picking a loser.

  • David

    Little more than a ridiculous novelty.

  • David

    Little more than a ridiculous novelty.

  • GrindingMills

    All things considered that Soccket thing sounds really cool.

    • KayGee

      naw, that sokket ball is full of nothing but devil-worshipping-communist green energy, don’t trust it! Gerdang devil science!

      • GrindingMills

        Good point. Everyone please ignore my comment above appreciating a technological innovation. Obviously appreciating a green energy gadget is akin to worshiping at the altar of Lucifer.

        And of course it’s a soccer ball because that’s the sport of global socialists (unless the USMNT is playing). We should give these kids real footballs instead of these pansy soccer balls.

        • Jeff McCabe

          Yeah, that guy was actually on your side. Sarcasm hard for you. And the point is it cost 10 times a solar powered lamp and produces less light. So really cool.

          • Ken Alan Draper

            why not send them those solar garden lights, they work better & cost less.

        • Ken Alan Draper

          innovation? what is innovative about it? so someone put a shakelight in a soccor ball. nothing like cutting edge 19th century tech sold as something new. they put a shakelight in a ball.

    • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

      Go ahead and buy one and use it. I don’t believe there is, nor should there be, any law to prevent you from doing that.

  • mickeyco

    Silly me. I didn’t realize Jarrett went with them. Duh.

    • TocksNedlog

      Yeah, like she ever let’s him out of her sight!

    • Clete Torres

      Never let an African vacation go to waste.

      -Valerie Jarrett

    • Jeremy

      She is the true power and Obama is just a puppet.

  • Robert James

    A real soccer ball has more brains in it than Obama has in that empty cranial cavity of his. Mr and Mrs Sponge Ball traveling around on the tax payers dime. Rome is burning and he’s playing with a soccer, or in his case sucker ball.

  • Lotte Lenya

    Great. It’ll be swell to eat by soccerball light when we are all living in caves. That’s what the photo looks like to me.

  • Clete Torres
  • KayGee

    every good patriot knows green energy=communist energy. The only good American electricity that we should use ought to come from old fashioned, tried n’ true sources like coal, natural gas, wood, and oil, and none of those job-killing air scrubbers on the smoke stacks, neither! Since when did we become a nation of enviro-hippies that can’t take a few good breaths of smokey air? Everyone knows if we start building things like sun shrines (or as liberals like to call it, “Solar Farms”), we will only further betray our faith in god as a nation by worshiping false idols like the sun! That little green energy ball is filled with the energy of lies and deceit, don’t trust that dang ol zappy-science ball!!!

    • Ntr

      Not even close. Green energy has been in use, when affordable, by small communities across the U.S. And this is going back decades in some instances. It’s only become important in the national debate since “major population centers” have decided to catch up. Same goes for local grown food but that’s a whole other story.

      Sorry to burst your bubble but Conservatism and Conservationism are nearly hand-in-hand. I’m surprised you liberals haven’t banned conservationism since they share the same root word as Conservative.

      In ‘evil conservative, rural, flyover country’ USA we don’t have problems with the pollution. It’s the major cities and the large concentration of idiocracy-loving mouthbreathers there that pump out most of the pollution that harms the environment. But i’m probably wasting my words on you…it’s evident you’re not that intelligent and instead rely on worn-out mass media created stereotypes to get your ‘dull as your mind’ point across. Please come back, at the very least, when you learn proper capitalization and punctuation.

    • NRPax

      Sure, there is no green energy source that can generate the same amount of power as the fuel sources we’ve been using over a century. And they’re not only expensive to create but the process behind a lot of the Gaia-friendly stuff destroys the environment. But hey; as long as people like you can feel good about yourselves, that’s all that matters.

      • Ken Alan Draper

        the thing is that if the leftists would leave the markets alone, there would probably have been several green products that actually do work well invented by now. nothing innovates like free markets.

    • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

      Just don’t get it, do you? But sorry, don’t let us interrupt your drooling little wankfest.

      • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

        PS — as I say, you are free and more than welcome to purchase as large a plot of land as you like, and fill it end to end with solar panels, and use or the sell the resulting power as it suits you.

    • Zach Smith

      Too angry. Good satire draws the reader in. Believe it or not, conservatives would welcome cost effective practical new energy sources. Who wouldn’t? They just don’t like to pay for expensive “green” boondoggles and cronyism.

  • Lynn R

    Hey, I know, maybe the Soccket can provide energy for fireworks for our military bases.

  • GaryTheBrave

    The envirowhackjobs will find something that will make that ball bad for the environment. Let me try. Ummm…meerkats could be hit by rolling Sockett Balls. Soccer balls cause brain injury.

  • Dane Gunderson

    This will power the cars you African people shouldn’t be allowed

  • James McEnanly

    That soccer ball seems to be given barely enough power to light a key-chain flashlight.

  • David

    “If I only had a brain . . .”

  • LegalizeShemp

    In the future, Democrats will enslave Republicans, forcing them to bounce soccer balls off their heads in the living room so liberals can watch MSNBC on their kinetic TV.

  • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Mike

    #Solyndraballs

  • arttie

    I thought it was a picture of that famous Jedi mind meld. It is still a vacuum.

  • Mr. Saturn

    A heavier ball with touchy equipment inside and played with by kids? That’ll last about 10 minutes.

  • Tony0920

    Kinetic energy devices attached to Wasserman Shultz’ mouth would be a more efficient idea. But i’m no politician.

  • Tony0920

    ”You can imagine this in villages all across the country.” yeah, like in villages where kids don’t have enough nutritional energy to walk even. Brilliant

  • Ntr

    Yeah, i’m sure a battery-charging soccer ball is going to save a city of over 4 million. And i bet most of Obama’s bobbleheaded supporters here in the U.S. think he invented the thing. I wonder if Tanzanians believe it’s worth letting in oil companies to “reap” (switch the ‘e’ and ‘a’ and ‘p’ around) their resources, under the distant guidance of political Trojan Horse Obama, before Tanzania even has the regulatory infrastructure built to deal with internationalist oil giants. We’ve seen how they’ve ufcked up the Gulf region, Alaska and elsewhere here in the USA with regulation. Just imagine what they’ll do in Tanzania and other parts of Africa. It’ll make blood diamonds look like nothing in comparison.

  • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

    “It isn’t clear why anyone would pay 10 times that for a light whose power source you have to kick around for half an hour to get less illumination.”

    Well gosh darn it, Wally, we just need the government to subsidize it a little more!

  • Zach Smith

    I think a solar cell charging a battery powered lamp would be a lot more useful.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Hey, I know…put a generator on a bike and charge batteries that way. It took me years to come up with that.

    But maybe the soccer ball is sexier, so never mind.

  • Ken Alan Draper

    great! now the poor african’s living in mud huts can generate enough electricity to charge their IPODS & all it takes is eight straight hours of intense soccor play. really? here’s a crazy idea, why not introduce these people to the simple technologies first like plumbing, sanitation, etc. then maybe work to get them to understand that if they don’t want to get aids, they need to use protection, actually get them to a 19th century tech level before you try to give 21st century technology.

  • TocksNedlog

    Solyndra were able to competitively price their product in the marketplace, were they?

  • TocksNedlog

    Solyndra were able to competitively price their product in the marketplace, were they?

  • Ken Alan Draper

    more like $2,999.00 the government never makes anything affordable. affordable care act anyone.

  • TocksNedlog

    Right. So my question is, WHO are the “true innovators” that were ‘driven out of the business’?

  • Ntr

    I suggest you read my post above and hopefully you’re bright enough to comprehend what i wrote. – http://twitchy.com/2013/07/02/president-plugs-electricity-generating-soccer-ball-in-tanzania/#comment-949946432

    For starters, do you even know what a Trojan Horse is?

  • NRPax

    You know, we’ve been about to exhaust all fuel in this world since the 60s and we’re still finding new sources. Do you happen to have a date when we’re doomed?

  • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

    As I said to your samethinker friend above:

    Go ahead and buy one and use it. I don’t believe there is, nor should there be, any law to prevent you from doing that.

    and

    You are free and more than welcome to purchase as large a plot of land as you like, and fill it end to end with solar panels, and use or the sell the resulting power as it suits you.

    Let us know how it works out.

  • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

    That’s the condom size I take. Right?

  • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

    We’ll likely never know now. This fiasco has set the whole thing back years. It’s possible there would have been someone out there with an idea which would have eventually blossomed into a viable alternative.

    I think that’s what DeB is saying, this bunch are going to make the right political connections, sell this marginally functional novelty for a song, and undercut any possible competitors who would otherwise have had the impetus of the marketplace to drive them on to producing a better product.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    The ones that were taxed to the point of suicide.

  • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

    If only the world had ample supplies of carbon and hydrogen in some raw form to synthesize them into a hydrocarbon-type fuel . . . meanwhile, nukes are OK by me.

  • NRPax

    Just out of curiosity, how do you propose compelling countries other than the U.S. to suddenly stop using fossil fuels? And do you have suggestions for alternative fuel sources that are renewable, as inexpensive to make as oil and just as efficient?

  • Zach Smith

    That’s what your wife told me.

  • TocksNedlog

    I’m interested in learning more.
    Got names?

  • objectivefactsmatter

    It’s hyperbole.