About this project
The Mine Kafon is a low-cost wind-powered mine detonator with the appearance of a giant, spiky-armed tumbleweed.
Currently it is at a prototype stage and with your support we will turn it into a reality.
Here is a documentary Callum Cooper made which explores the project:
In countries with war-ravaged pasts, concealed landmines pose a silent, hidden threat. Lurking underground for years, they risk throwing open fresh wounds in communities which are just beginning to heal.
Afghanistan, a country with a long history of war, is dotted with these subterranean dangers. According to one report, about 1 million Afghans live within 500 meters of areas expected to contain landmines. Recently, a group of 10 girls lost their lives when they encountered a hidden mine on a routine outing to gather wood. On average, landmines claim about 42 lives every month.
This “Mine Kafon” is a spherical mobile made out of biodegradable plastic and bamboo. It’s light enough that the wind would--in theory--push it around naturally. But it is also heavy enough to set off landmines as it rolls over them.
“With each detonation the Mine Kafon loses just one or two legs so it could potentially destroy three or four landmines in one journey
The Mine Kafon, at this prototype stage, has been exhibited at the London Design Museum, Milan Design Week, Helsinki Museum, Dutch Design Week, Lodz Design Festival and acquired by MOMA in New York.
Although it's been a great experience to have the Mine Kafon exhibited, we really designed it with the hope of deploying it in an actual minefield.
We now need your support to take it to the next level:
How much will it cost?:
We are asking for £100,000.00
This will cover costs related to engineering, fabrication, transport and the creation of a short documentary.
This includes brainstorming sessions with an engineering company, engineering of the pressure points, the core with a GPS, the software (gps and website) and bamboo connection points.
Molds – £32,500
Making the molds ready for production
Payment of team to build, fabricate and crash test the new design in the workshop.
Production of Rewards - £16,500
Payment and manufacturing of the rewards
Film Production- £ 18,000
Crew travel and transport of the Mine Kafon’s to the minefield, documentary film licenses and other film production costs.
Pledge £5 or more for a formal thank you credit on the film.
The documentary will be produced and directed by award winning, short film maker Callum Cooper. The documentary about the prototype is currently a finalist in the Sundance Focus Forward competition, so if you like that film, expect to see a longer, more involved movie.
Pledge £7 and we will send you 3 very special Mine Kafon postcards.
plus the thankyou credit on the film
These aren't just your typical postcard, they are way better, because they are augmented reality!
So when you point your smart phone or tablet at these seemingly normal postcard you will see things happen.
The first card is a video card, you see the kafon explode in super slow-motion. The footage is from the military tests we did last year that Callum documented and used in the short film.
The second card is a 3d model card, you see a 3-dimensional Mine Kafon move around ontop of the card.
The third card, we think is the coolest, it is the portal card. Just point your device at this card and you get a weekly window into how the project is progressing and other backer specific content.
Pledge £10 and gives you 10 Mine Kafon Wallpapers
plus the thankyou credit and the postcards
Pledge £12 and receive the Ferfrak PDF
plus the thankyou credit, the wallpapers and the postcards
This is a toy we made as children in Afghanistan. We have prepared a PDF that allows you to make one yourself.
here is a Video of Mahmud showing you how:
of Pledge £15 gives you Access to the website and the GPS
plus the thankyou credit, the wallpapers and the postcards
You will receive private access to a patrons area of the Mine Kafon website. Here you will be able to see more closely how the project develops and access to the GPS map to track the Kafon's location once it has been launched. You will also get an exclusive online screening of the finished documentary before it goes live to the public.
Pledge £25 and get your own iPhone Cover
+ thankyou credit and the postcards
A Cover for iPhone 4/5, laser burned with Mine Kafon logo and your own name signed in it.
Pledge £40 gets you the FerFrak Bundle
We will post you 10 laser cut high quality Ferfraks made in our workshop saving you the energy of cutting them at home. We will also include the 3 special postcards! Plus you will also get the PDF so if ten toys still isn’t enough you can make as many as you like at home.
A Pledge of £50 gets the Mine Kafon Bundle:
Ferfrak PDF + iPhone cover + GPS Website access + film thank you credit + 10 wallpapers + the 3 special postcards.
A Pledge of £75 or more gives you a Mine Kafon Lamp
I have designed, with a Dutch lamp company, a lampshade. I have turned the Mine Kafon feet into a lamp. The diameter is 30cm and it's height is 20cm, it comes with a black cable (150cm in length) and black plastic screw fitting. It is suitable for a 60 watt bulb.
Upon request we can offer the plug as European, North American or British.
A Pledge of £95 Lamp + Ferfrak
+ the thankyou credit and the 3 postcards
A Pledge of £165 or more gives you a set of Mine Kafon Lamps
3 lampshades. The diameter of each lampshade is 30cm and it's height is 20cm, it comes with a black cable (150cm in length) and black plastic screw fitting. It is suitable for a 60 watt bulb.
A Pledge of £1000 (or more)
A selection of 6 childhood toys made by-hand in our workshop. Including A 1/10 scale model of the Mine Kafon + iPhone cover + GPS Website access + film thank you credit + 10 wallpapers the 3 special postcards and personal thankyou letter.
A Pledge of £3000 (or more)
An executive producer credit on the film Callum will be making that will be produced though the charity Ardent Film Trust. This will be added to the film production costs and offer the backer an insiders connection to both the overall project and the film production and release. The short film Callum made last year is a finalist at this years Sundance Film Festival Focus Forward competition.
A Pledge of £5000 (or more) gives you a scale model of the current prototype.
We have made 10 scale models at roughly 1:4 scale of the Mine Kafon, a miniature version of the one we presented in Callum's film. We think it would make a great art piece or talking point for any lounge room like this:
here is a video of us constructing them:
Risks and challenges
Of course with a project of this scale there will be some obstacles:
1. We need to install the Mine Kafon with a specific GPS that has a higher than normal level of accuracy. We hope to develop this aspect with the engineering company that will partner the project. We will then need to develop the software which will allow this information to be mapped.
2. We will need to engineer more advanced pressure points to detonate the mines more precisely.
3. We will need to work with the engineers to improve the construction so it has higher durability.
4. We will need to work with engineers to plan for mass production.
5. We want to design a retrieval system for the Mine Kafon, which will possibly be a motorised system within the core. This will allow it to move out of, or away from undesired positions. We still want to fabricate it as cheaply as possible.
Specific Location of Mine Field for the field test and filming:
Some of my family are still in Afghanistan so we have a fairly clear understanding of the stability of the region. If however, by next year it is too unstable to travel there, we will release the Mine Kafon in a a similar but less dangerous location, such as Western Sahara or Southern Lebanon.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The Mine Kafon is a low cost land mine detonator which is being developed by Massoud Hassani.
At the moment the Mine Kafon is a prototype and we have done the first round of tests with the Dutch Military. It needs more development and that is why we are asking for your support on Kickstarter.
We have two objectives;
Firstly, to develop the Mine Kafon further and test it in an actual minefield.
Secondly, to raise awareness and discussion about the problem of landmines through a documentary.
At the very least, we hope to inspire other designers to think creatively about new ways to combat landmines.
At this stage we are focusing on developing the product for the real world environment. The outcome of the tests in the minefield will determine the future direction of the Mine Kafon.
We are responding to every single question, but it is taking time because we want to give you a proper answer. Thank-you for your patience.
No problem! spreading the word about the project is very valuable also.
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