Blown away: Giant ball rolls around in the wind detonating landmines in its path
Posted by Xeno on October 27, 2012
It might look like an unused prop from the Star Wars films, but this giant ball has the potential to save thousands of lives.
Like a giant clump of dandelion seeds, it is designed to be blown around in the wind detonating landmines in its path.
Made simply of bamboo, iron and plastic, each one is relatively cheap to produce and can clear up to four bombs before being destroyed themselves.
Each device, called Mine Kafon, will have a GPS tracking device linked to a website to show which areas have been cleared.
They are the brainchild of Massoud Hassani, who at the age of 14 fled war-torn Afghanistan, where there are more landmines than people.