Landmines are a huge issue for many countries that have been touched by conflict. Although the wars may be over, the left behind mines are still killing and maiming unsuspecting people all over the world. There are many tactics used to disarm these mines. Mine Kafon is the low-cost solution that hopes to save thousands in money and lives.
Mine Kafon is a mine clearing tumbleweed. This device is armed with a simple GPS unit to track what it’s cleared and is powered by the wind. As it tumbles through the field, it sets off the mines it meets. It’s built in such a way that it can sustain up to four blasts before it’s lost too many legs to continue.
This humanitarian idea is neat but it must pass International Mine Action Standards before it can be used outside of just testing. Unfortunately, for as cool as this is, there are some questions to how useful it would be as it is powered and guided by the wind and it may miss mines as it’s legs are blown off. A very neat concept, nonetheless.