Designer transforms childhood toy into land mine clearing device

Product Designer Massoud Hassani has devised an ingenious mine clearing solution. His Mine Kafon, which was a graduate project, is set to be featured at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as a cheap and even beautiful way to clear mine fields.

Massoud Hassani's story begins in Afghanistan, a country that is riddled with land mines. The Mine Kafon is inspired by the toys he made in his youth: light, tumbleweed-like objects that he and other children would race against one another. Sometimes the toys would roll into the minefields, unable to be retrieved. After the death of his father, Hassani and his family immigrated to the Netherlands.

The Kafon is more impressive than the toys that preceded it, about twenty times bigger and nearly as tall as an adult male. Each Kafon is made with plastic and bamboo. It arrives at a price of 40 Euros, much cheaper than other solutions we've seen. Hassani notes that the average cost of clearing a mine in Afghanistan is 1,200 Euros.

Each spine of bamboo is tipped with a suction cup that amplifies the weight of the Kafon as the wind blows it across the Afghan desert. Each Kafon can withstand up to four mine blasts before losing too many spines to roll. GPS chips inside each Kafon allow remote tracking of where mines aren't, and where they've been cleared. Hassani is currently looking for partners in business and government to bring his potent project to market.

Via Mine Kafon

(Thanks, Kevin!)

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