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A cheap way to clear land of mines 8/18/2015 •

A cheap way to clear land of mines

Afghanistan has more than ten million active mines that people are not aware of.


In his childhood years, Massoud and his brother created a small spherical toy that they liked to let go and watch how the wind carries it around. They liked to run after it, but when the toy flew over the wasteland near the local airport, they had to abandon the game because the wasteland was known to be full of mines.

His childhood memories is what drove Massoud to come up with his idea - a Mine Kafon. The main purpose is to cheaply and safely disarm mines in an area. The working prototype has roughly the same height as an adult human and is driven by wind. It consists of a small ball in the middle, that has a GPS tracker to send the coordinates of its path, bamboo sticks with round plastic "feet" on their ends, and costs only $60 to build.

The invention works in a simpler manner. The ball is brought to a place where mines are still active and it is released. The wind does all the work. As the ball rolls, it sends the GPS coordinates to show the area of coverage. Because the mass is similar to a human, if one of the "feet" steps on the mine, an explosion occurs and a special signal is sent.

The biggest downside to the invention is that it needs a strong wind to operate, but Massoud is working on it. The purpose of the invention was to make a disarming device affordable for small villages, so children can play safely, without the fear of hitting a mine.

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