October 31st, 2012
10:43 AM ET

What is Mine Kafon?

By Global Public Square

From a distance, this object looks like a dandelion. Up close, it looks like some kind of oddball of toilet plungers. So what is it? It’s called Mine Kafon, and it is a wind-powered landmine clearing device. That’s right – propelled by the wind, it is meant to roll around landmine danger areas until it finds one.

Watch the video to find out more.

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Topics: Afghanistan

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Hahahahahahahaah

    Do they make one for republicans?? Hahahahahahahahaha

    October 31, 2012 at 10:45 am | Reply
  2. j. von hettlingen

    An invesor should help the guy set up a business. No doubt such a device is saleable,

    October 31, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  3. Me

    A dandelion? What kind of dandelion looks like that?

    October 31, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  4. Anpadh

    This is a very ingenious device and a very cheap one. And for all the lives it saves, I am sure there is someone out there who would fund the building of such devices.

    October 31, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  5. Ben

    Has it been suggested to add a GPS tracking/recording device? Cost would probably be low, and mapping covered/missed areas would greatly increase this ingenious device's power to undo the horrific legacy of land mines.

    November 1, 2012 at 4:57 am | Reply
    • Becky

      +1 to Ben's comment as a next step for this ingenious device. I'm curious if the device currently leaves any indication of the areas that have been "passed" and are thus clear for human use and traversal. Even a lower-tech solution, like dripping ink on the taken path, would be helpful.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:11 am | Reply

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