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Brilliant Idea: A Landmine Sweeper Powered By Nothing But The Wind
November 18, 2012
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In the film above, Massoud Hassani says "most people who live in Kabul will know someone who has been hurt or killed by a landmine."

In fact, landmines continue to be a danger in many places around the world - Human Rights Watch reported back in March that Syrian forces were planting landmines near the borders with Turkey and Lebanon, and according to Care.org, there are about 110 million anti-personnel mines in the ground worldwide.

But Hassani is doing something about it: he's created a prototype for a minesweeper that is made from bamboo and plastic.

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It's called the Mine Kafon, and it's powered by nothing but wind.

Basically, the Mine Kafon is a giant tumbleweed, but with enough weight to detonate any mines it rolls over.

Each time it encounters a mine, it loses several of its "feet," but it will continue to roll, meaning that one Mine Kafon could potentially destroy four or five mines in a single trip.

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When you consider that the estimated cost of defusing a single mine is more than $1200, the roughly $50 it costs to build one of these tumbling devices seems incredibly affordable.

Hassani based the design on toys he used to build with his friends as a kid, which they would race across the desert using the wind as propulsion.

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The invention and the short film above is part of the Focus Forward Filmmaking Competition. If Hassani wins, he'll get $100,000, which could fund 2000 Mine Kafons.

If you like the idea and want to support it, you can vote at the end of the video.

Related:

International Day For Mine Awareness

Human Rights Watch Finds Lots of Abandoned, Unguarded Weapons in Libya

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