In 2013, Massoud Hassani came to Kickstarter with Mine Kafon, a low-cost, wind-powered, tumbleweed-like mine detonator. It came to be included in the Museum of Modern Art’s collection and was hailed as “an act of design justice."
Now, Hassani is back on Kickstarter with a drone designed to safely locate and detonate landmines. With the Mine Kafon Drone, he aims to eliminate all land mines around the world within the next ten years.
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[Massoud Hassani (Dutch, b. Afghanistan 1983), Design Academy Eindhoven (The Netherlands, est. 1947). Mine Kafon wind-powered deminer. 2011. Bamboo and biodegradable plastics, 87 x 87 x 87" (221 x 221 x 221 cm). Gift of the Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, 2012. Image courtesy of Hassani Design BV]
Massoud Hassani was born and raised in Kabul. During his childhood he built toys powered by wind power to race with his friends. Today, 20 years later, he uses this idea presenting an invention intended to remove some of the 10 million mines spread across Afghanistan. The cost of manufacture is minimal mostly when compared with each mine disabled, vulgo, another life saved. Tottaly worth watching.
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