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.
Mine Kafon is a wind-powered device, heavy enough to trip land mines as it rolls across the ground. Hassani, the man behind this innovation, drew his inspiration from his childhood, growing up on the outskirts of Kabul. There, he would play there with homemade, wind powered toys. These would sometimes get lost, blown astray they would roll out into the
desert landing amongst landmines, too dangerous to retrieve. These
landmines often cause accidents especially among children that would
play near them.
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. 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
each detonation the Mine Kafon loses just one or two legs so it could
potentially destroy three or four landmines in one journey. The total
cost of one is about $60 USD. It is faster, safer and up to 120 times
cheaper than traditional techniques.
Z played this video last night as we all hung out. They use a lot of YouTube to play music, where in the States we just plug in someone’s iPhone, but nobody really has an iPhone here. The minute I heard this beat, I knew that it was going to be MY song of the trip. In fact, I knew it was going to be hands down my favorite song of 2014, and one that I’ll put on playlists for years to come. The video accurately represents the streets of Tunis.
The reason there’s so much trash is because the garbage men have been on strike, demanding higher wages. And that the government buys them each a house. Locals say this has been going on-and-off since the revolution, but D says that people who lived here before say it’s always been a problem. It’s sad because the beautiful scent from the jasmine plants that blanket the city are often interwoven with wafts of trash. Also, for a religion that prides itself on cleaniness, it sure does live in a lot of filth. These dualities are what makes Tunis such a cool fucking city.
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.
Directed by Callum Cooperx, the video is also a Semifinalist 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.