Mine Kafon: The low-tech, high-design tumbleweed minesweeper

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Mine Kafon is a cheap, light, wind-powered mine detonating device

Created by an Afghan designer who was inspired by toys he modeled as a child

Industry expert says concept is laudable, but does not currently meet safety standards

CNN  — 

An Afghan designer and former refugee has developed a low-cost, wind-powered mine detonating device inspired by the toys he played with as a child.

Massoud Hassani’s Mine Kafon is composed almost entirely from bamboo and biodegradable plastics, with a skeletal structure of spiky plungers that resembles a giant spherical tumbleweed from another planet.

At 70 kilograms, Hassani says his invention is light enough t