Giant Bamboo Ball may Rid the World of Land Mines
The ‘Mine Kafon‘, which can detonate up to four mines before being destroyed, will have a GPS tracking device linked to a website to show which areas have been cleared.
A slightly sobering statistic…According to the United Nations, up to 110 million mines have been laid across more than 70 countries since the 1960s and that between 15,000 and 20,000 people die each year because of them.
Created by Massoud Hassani, who teamed up with the Dutch Explosive Disposal Ordnance Unit to test it in the Moroccan desert, the ball, in its present form is not yet suitable for military purposes.
There are also a couple of other obvious drawbacks. First, you have to have a wind blowing for the Kafon to move. And second, it will only work on fairly flat and open terrain, like a desert. It isn’t designed to move in jungles and the like.