Bamboo Tumbleweed to Find and Destroy Land Mines

PSFK/Emma Hutchings

kafon

 

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.

 

This is reprinted from PSFK/Emma Hutchings

Add a comment
  • to get your picture next to your comment (not a member yet?).
  • Posted on Nov. 5, 2012. Listed in:

    Pledge to do these related actions

    Use glass bottles not or plastic bottles or aluminum cans, 32°

    Aluminum production uses a lot of energy. Drink bottled beer rather than canned, buy milk ...

    (VIDEO) 7 Fun Green Projects for Kids, 1°

    By Lauren Brombert You may know a lot about the simple things you can do ...

    Stop Eating Unhealthy Food, 11°

    Fast Food is always full of chemical additives, meat from unknown sources.

    Follow these related projects

    Guzzled.org

    Baltimore, United States

    Featured Companies & Orgs