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Mine Kafon- Low Cost Land Mine Detonator
Mine Kafon- Low Cost Land Mine Detonator
4,169 backers pledged £119,456 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Seb on March 11

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    2. Creator Massoud Hassani on July 28, 2015

      Hey Guys!
      -The final DIY Mine Kafons are finished and were exhibited earlier this year in Eindhoven.
      -The DIY manuals are going online asap. People will be able to create their own MK.
      -GPS mapping is in process, please check out the concept layouts here
      - In the past 2 years we have been mainly working on the Mine Kafon robotics and its platform. We just finished the first testing rounds. A full update will be posted on our KS page and what are the next steps :)
      - Please meet our team here

    3. Tomduril on July 14, 2015

      > Here is the new website
      The website returns error code 500.

      Please update the project or close it (with some sort of statement).
      After 2 years I can imagine that all of the bugdet has been spent, it would be nice for you to tell us what you have achieved (and what not and why) and just close this so that we all can move on.

      Thank you!

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      Alicia Lucksted on July 10, 2015

      Wondering what's happening and how you all are faring. I know its tough out there!

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      Burton Strauss III on April 19, 2015

      Any news? Another year on - pretty design, a few concept awards, but any actual mine clearing???

    6. Seb on April 4, 2015

      You will receive private access to the Mine Kafon website. Here you will be able to track the GPS location of the Kafon as it travels from the Netherlands to the location and across the Mine Field.

      Estimated delivery: Mar 2013

      --- see --- this is why I decided for myself, never to support any kickstarter projects in the future.
      Fame and hype went above the original mission. Btw it's 2 years since then - spare us with the "busy" things

    7. Creator Massoud Hassani on January 6, 2015

      Hi Maria, Here is the new website
      in the past year we have been extremely busy with the Mine Kafon R&D. We are about to post a new update in soon.

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      Maria Paalman on January 4, 2015

      Have not received any update since jan 2014 - one year ago....what is happening? How are things going? Website seems to be off the air. Anybody have any news?

    9. Trevor Joy on February 19, 2014

      Received rewards with thanks. Unfortunately the case (nice design) split after a couple of weeks. Superglue worked well until it split next to the glue. Glad the project went so well for you guys.

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      Jane Messer on January 29, 2014

      I've been following Mine Kafon's development for a couple of years now, or maybe longer! - and am amazed at the patience, tenacity and dedication that Massoud and team have to keep working towards the goal of making this brilliant idea become a reality - that is, to rid Afghanistan and many other countries of land mines. Thanks for the updates and good luck with the Rotterdam Design Prize!

    11. Creator Massoud Hassani on January 29, 2014

      Hi Guys!, thanks for your awesome comments :) check our new update #18

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      GenkiMurayama on January 4, 2014

      A happy new year 2014!! I hope that this project make a great success in this year.
      It will be hope of many people in Afghanistan.
      Mine Kafon is evolved to 2.0. I'd like to read more information of this evolution and development.
      Update is welcome :-)

      Keep going, and get your dreams.

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      Norbert Rovira on January 1, 2014

      Well, after almost a year I would like to hear about some tests in the mine field. Any small attempt to do that?

      There's also a change of the Mine Kafon design, from sphere to cylinder. Any chance to provide some insights of the reasons for the change?

      Honestly I would like this to work in real terrain, no pressure, you probably have plenty of stakeholders to overcome. But just need more information on your progress.

    14. Marco Van Den Hout on November 16, 2013

      (single) lampshade arrived and is hanging in the entry hall. Looks rather good and works quite OK with an E14 energy saving lamp (7W). I wonder how the project itself is going, I hope it's actually going to work in real minefields.

    15. Laina Reynolds Levy on November 14, 2013

      Any chance the 3 lampshade reward will be shipped this year? I'm OK waiting, but I'd love to hear an estimated shipping date. Or just an update on progress.

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      Henk Cortier on November 11, 2013

      Hi there, I still haven't received the lampshades, can I still change the delivery address? thanks

    17. Peter van Zonneveld on October 22, 2013

      I bet you guys are busy on the project but any update about the 3 lamp shades reward.

    18. Jake Gertjan Hofwegen on September 9, 2013

      for once on kickstarter I am happy to say that I'll be very happy to wait another year on my reward, also lemme know about shipping costs to SF, I be happy to spring for those as well.

    19. Creator Massoud Hassani on September 9, 2013

      Hi Sven,

      Thanks for your message.
      At the shipping company they refused to send the packages, because they were 30 grams to heavy. so we had to repackage everything and move all the protection foils out. That is also the reason yours got damaged. I will send you a new lampshade right away then.

    20. Sven Claessens on September 2, 2013

      Hi, lamp arrived last week. Unfortunately it got (a bit) damaged during transport, perhaps due to the lack of any protective foil (well, there was one chip of foam in it and a deflated plastic bag). Next time please pay some attention to this. Thanks.

    21. Tim Evans on August 28, 2013

      I got to vote for you to win the peoples choice award on CNN and my lamp arrived in the mail today in Australia.

      I hope you guys keep making progress and getting the attention that this idea deserves.

    22. Glenn Kelly on August 27, 2013

      You guys definitely have my CNN vote from a humanitarian perspective. Well done.

    23. Frank van Haren on August 19, 2013

      Still i did not receive my lamp. When is the shipping due ?

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      Hounshell on August 16, 2013

      HI my Lamp just arrived thanks

    25. janowski on August 9, 2013

      Any update on the lamps? Are they not finished since end of April?

    26. Robert Gattung on August 1, 2013

      My cover and postcards arrived just yesterday. And I have to say the cover fits perfectly and works great. BUT even it didn't I wouldn't actually mind - the main goal is not the cover or the postcards, it's the Mine Kafon. I hope to see it soon in action and help people. The rest is just a bonus.

    27. Jonathan Barrett on July 30, 2013

      @Urs: the cheapest one you've ever seen you say? Have you never seen those Rubber penguins and cassette tapes, etc, that practically loosely hang onto you iPhone?

    28. Tommy on July 27, 2013

      My phone has been in the iPhone 5 case since it arrived and I find that it is a quality case. No problem with the fitting and I have none of the issues like some of the other backers have. I guess I am just lucky.
      And I am just wondering if there is any update on the project itself? Any mine has been set off by it yet?

    29. Urs on July 18, 2013

      Received my iPhone 4S case today.
      It arrived damaged, looks terrible, and with my company name on it instead of my own name. it's the cheapest iPhone case i ever saw in my life. Completely different than the images on the project page where it looked amazing. That's too bad...

    30. Meta Neuschuler on July 17, 2013

      I got my iPhone case and it looks great! I guess I misunderstood, I thought at the £25 level, we were also to get the postcards. Am I mistaken? I wish you all the best, great project, I'm proud to be a backer. Meta {:)

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      Christopher Dlaska (deleted) on July 10, 2013

      hey, just wanted to see if there is an update in respect with the lamps.

      hope your project runs as planned!


    32. Jonathan Barrett on June 26, 2013

      My iPhone 5 case arrived this morning! It looks great and fits smugly, perhaps too smugly… The only thing I'm perplexed by is that the actual Kafon part has strange grey strips? Still can't complain, this wasn't about iPhone cases, but the Mine Kafon itself! Good luck on finishing it, make us proud!

    33. Tim Evans on May 28, 2013

      Hey Dave. I'm in the Goulburn Valley. Its not exactly nearby but its a nice idea.

    34. Dave Shelling on May 28, 2013

      @Tim, where in Australia are you? I am in Canberra, if you are nearby maybe we should match postage addresses and save Massoud some cash?

    35. Tim Evans on May 25, 2013

      I'm an international backer, all the way in Australia. When your sending the reward all the way out here I was figuring you would put up something for paying for postage as "every life counts", rather than posting packages and I was expecting to pay a fair price for getting something to the other side of the world.

      I guess my question is do I need to pay more for postage?

      And I am still really proud of helping you try something special.

    36. Dave Shelling on May 20, 2013

      Massoud, thank you. I am looking forward to getting the smart postcards, so I can show people what I have been raving about!

    37. Creator Massoud Hassani on May 18, 2013

      we will send the surveys just before everything is ready to be shipped, in case if somebody is moving from one place to another.
      will do an update on that as well.

    38. Dave Shelling on May 17, 2013

      How do you know where to send the rewards? I don't remember filling in a survey or anything?

    39. Jonathan Barrett on May 16, 2013

      Makes sense! An update about that would have been nice though…

    40. Creator Massoud Hassani on May 14, 2013

      Hi Jonathan and Len,

      At the moment we are making a deal with the shipping company to send as much as we can at once, in order to save costs.

    41. Jonathan Barrett on May 14, 2013

      Hey just a comment to also inquire about the rewards, though I'm not as bothered as the last poster. Just that, I'm at the iPhone case tier, which in the last update you'd said would be sent early the next week. That was a couple weeks ago, and we haven't heard anything since, so I wanted to check to see if there have been delays on your end, or if it's just that shipping is taking a while. And if the latter, if you had any idea how long I should wait until I worry about it being lost in the post? I'm in the UK…
      Also to the last poster, in the last update, they said they would be shipped around now, so assuming no delays on their end, it should be on it's way, or departing soon. However, I have no idea how long shipping will take, especially for an item of that size.

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      Len Speier on May 13, 2013

      Dear Massoud,

      I contributed to your project many months ago. For me, the contribution was substantial! To date, I have not got any idea when to expect the promised lamp. This experience has left me somewhat cynical about the Kickstarter concept, although I know of another creator who was quick to provide the incentive to contribute. I hope you will respond promptly and restore my faith in KickStarter.

      Please respond.


      Len Speier

    43. Creator Massoud Hassani on April 22, 2013

      Working on a new update in relationship to the rewards, will be online asap :)

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      Matthew on April 22, 2013

      Any updates on the rewards?!

    45. janowski on April 22, 2013

      I am also desperately waiting for the would be nice if you can send an email with updates on delivery dates etc.

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      jerome elleboudt on April 17, 2013

      When will the lamp arrive ?
      I need it for an exhibition !
      Cheers, jérôme

    47. Zane Amiralis & Joshua de Haan on April 4, 2013

      Awesome, thanks for the update!

    48. Creator Massoud Hassani on April 4, 2013

      will do an update about the rewards too, the lamps will be finished at the end of this month, the PDF's and Wallpapers will be finished this weekend as well

    49. Zane Amiralis & Joshua de Haan on April 4, 2013

      Hi, lots of wonderful news on book writing and other connected projects. But not a lot of updates on the project. We are in April, and I haven't read anything about rewards yet? Any lamps being sent out yet? Thanks.

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