Bamboo Tumbleweed Finds And Destroys Land Mines

Bamboo Tumbleweed Finds And Destroys Land Mines

The 'Mine Kafon' is a wind-powered land-mine clearer invented by Afghan designer Massoud Hassani.

Emma Hutchings
  • 2 november 2012

Afghan designer Massoud Hassani has created a low cost solution for landmine clearance. His ‘Mine Kafon’ is a 175-pound wind-powered landmine clearer that looks like a giant tumbleweed. Built by hand from bamboo and biodegradable plastics, the creation blows across the ground and is destroyed if it rolls over an undetonated mine.

Mine Kafon also has a GPS chip embedded in it, which enables people to follow its movement on a website to see where it goes, where are the safest paths to walk on, and how many landmines have been destroyed in that area. According to Mashable it cost $50 to build, making it a safer and cheaper alternative to standard mine-clearing methods. Mine Kafon will appear at New York’s MoMA next year and will feature in an upcoming documentary. You can view the teaser video below:

Massoud Hassani


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