Mine Kafon: Harnessing Wind To Clear Landmines

Can mine kafon – a $40 ball made of bamboo and biodegradable plastic, harness the power of wind to clear landmines?

Despite the skepticism Afghan designer Massoud Hassani says his device can do just that. With this week’s meeting of signatory countries to the Mine Ban Treaty taking place in Geneva, Hassani hopes to grab the attention of the world’s decision makers and gain funding for his device.

Original story by Jim Drury for Reuters News:

Mine Kafon – Deminer (2012)

After getting to know the design of Mine Kafon, director Callum Cooper of ardentfilm.org contacted Massoud Hassani to collaborate on a documentary. The aim of the project is to create more attention for this worldwide problem and help along the production of the Mine Kafon as well. The result will be a short film, which shows a personal portrait of the designer who has created a low cost solution to landmine clearance.

Mine Kafon is a Finalist in the $200,000 FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition and is in the running to become the $100,000 Grand Prize Winner. It could also be named an Audience Favorite if it’s among the ten that receives the most votes. If you love it, vote for it. Click on the VOTE button in the top right corner of the video player. Note that voting may not be available on all mobile platforms, and browser cookies must be enabled to vote.

The Mine Kafon: Massoud Hassani at TEDxUtrecht

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Born in Afghanistan in 1983, Massoud Hassani moved to Holland in 1998 in search of a better life. Having adopted a new lifestyle and cultural habits, Hassani decided to pursue a creative education at the Design Academy Eindhoven. His creative talents had already emerged as a child in Kabul, where he would make all kinds of toys, sculptures and paintings.

Hassani’s 2009 research project focused on air, fire, earth and biomimicry, the result of which he turned into products. One such product is the Mine Kafon, a landmine decommissioning device that takes its inspiration from a childhood toy.

Mine Kafon is a wind-blown, bamboo-spiked ball that loses spikes with each landmine detonation. A GPS built into the Mine Sweeper tracks the landmines back to a website to help track a safe course.

As a child in Afghanistan, where there are literally millions of landmines and the Mine Kafon is Hassani’s solution to this problem. The project has won several prices and is nominated for the Design of the Year 2012 by the Design Museum in London.

  • Bryan A

    Hassani is definitely a talented designer however there are problems with his approach to land mine removal. According to this article, the kafons efficiency will decrease as more of them are released into an area. http://www.statisticsblog.com/2013/01/simulation-of-landmine-clearing-with-massoud-hassanis-mine-kafon/

  • http://www.singularityweblog.com/ Socrates

    Interesting article friend, but let me quote the conclusion of the article itself as a reply:

    “Even if the Mine Kafon isn’t the best option for clearing an entire
    region of mines, they might still be an effective way to test for the
    presence of mines in an area, to do a sample of the area and see how
    likely it is to contain land mines, and if so how many and what regions
    might have higher concentrations of mines.”