Mine Kafon

Low-tech wind-powered mine sweeper


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Web http://minekafon.blogspot.ca/

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About the project Edit

Mine Kafon is a low-tech wind-powered minesweeper, which sweeps an area for mines on its lonesome, for approximately 60 Euros.

The Mine Kafon is approximately the height of a man. The core of the Kafon is a 17kg iron casing surrounded by dozens of radiating bamboo legs that each have a round plastic "foot" at their tip.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Afghan born Massoud Hassani designed and built, by hand, a wind-powered device, heavy enough to trip land mines as it rolls across the ground.

Inside the ball is a GPS unit to map where it has been – and in theory land cleared of mines. The data will be available in real-time accessible online. The feet act as a suspension mechanism, which allows the entire Kafon to roll over bumps, holes and so forth. In all, it weighs a little more than 80kg. The designed weight is enough pressure to trigger a landmine as it is about as heavy as a person, mimicking the footstep of a human being.
With each detonation the Mine Kafon loses just one or two legs so it could potentially destroy three or four landmines in one journey.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

"Each year, thousands of innocent citizens are killed by landmines.Cleaning up mines is a risky and expensive task." Here comes in Mine Kafon: the total cost of one is about $60 USD. It is faster, safer and up to 120 times cheaper then the traditional techniques. The damaged feet can easily be replaced.

Mine Kafon essentially helps getting rid of landmines but also helps raise awareness about the problem.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

According to the Mine Kafon team website: "At the moment we are looking to find the right collaborative partners to work with in the development of this product:
- Reengineering of the prototypes – to build them and test them
- Software development of the GPS and its website – to locate the Kafons
- Production company – to build and produce Mine Kafons
- Investors/Donations – To help this project go forward "

The Mine Kafon is on display at the Moma in New York.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Massoud Hassani was born in Afghanistan, where as a child he played in deserts that were condoned by hazardous landmines, and later moved to Holland in search of a new life. He enrolled to study at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Mine Kafon is his part of his final project before graduating.

"The Mine Kafon was also partly financed through Kickstarter. The financial contribution from 4000 supporters made it possible to equip the minesweeper with a metal detector and a GPS."

What is the business model of this project? Edit

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