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Built using simple materials like bamboo and biodegradable plastic, Massoud Hassani‘s Mine Kafons are kinetic sculptures that save lives. Carried by the wind, the tumbling dandelion-shaped orbs cover large swaths of land scattered with abandoned land mines. As the plastic pads that cover its outer surface detonates the ordnance, the device absorbs the impact of the blast with minimal damage.

Adam Flaherty

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  2. Siewert Westerneng on said:

    Great idea! I would also fit a GPS-logger inside so you would be able to see which parts of land were covered and should maybe considered save! Maybe also fit a sensor to detect and mark explosions?

  3. It makes me sad, such an elegant thing with such a tragic purpose. Seeing things like this make me wish I lived in a world where interesting things like this didn’t have a purpose.

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  5. I’ve got to imagine that for just a small bit more cost, the central cores could be fitted with a motor assembly and remote control to allow finer tuning of the search area. Actually, this seems the perfect application for some form of robot swarming technology. The problem comes when the kafons don’t identify any more mines. How can you be sure that there aren’t any more, or that a few didn’t detonate, but may still be active.

  6. That’s an awesome invention. I’d like to see more footage of the explosions, though.

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  9. A raspberry pi controlled, robotic version using cheap 2nd hand components from used mobile phones should be reasonably easy and cheap to build.The phones could provide video cameras and positioning systems (either using gps or wifi signal strength). Stepper motors could be salvaged from broken floppy disk drives.

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