donderdag 15 november 2012

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Massoud Hassani (1983)
“I grew up in Qasaba, Kabul. My family moved there when I was 5, and at the time there were several wars going on. My brother Mahmud and I we played every day on the fields surrounded with the highest mountains in our neighbourhood.

When we were young we learned to make our own toys. One of my favourites was a small rolling object that was wind-powered. We used to race against the other kids on the fields around our neighbourhood. There was always a strong wind waving towards the mountains. While we were racing against each other, our toys rolled too fast and too far. Mostly they landed in areas where we couldn’t go rescue them because of landmines. I still remember those toys I’d made that we lost and watching them just beyond where we could go.

Almost 20 years later, I went back to Qasaba and made those toys again. That was my graduation project for the Design Academy Eindhoven (2011). I remade one, making it 20 times bigger as well as heaver and stronger. Powered by the wind, it’s meant for the same areas which were (and still are) full of mines.

Now if it rolls over a mine, the toy, now a Mine Kafon, will destroy itself and the landmine in the same time. Made from bamboo and biodegradable plastics, the Mine Kafon also has a GPS chip integrated in it. You can follow its movement on the website and see were it went, where are the safest paths to walk on and how many land mines are destroyed in that area. On paper, Afghanistan is said to have 10 million land mines. In truth there are far, far more. Every destroyed land mine means a saved life and every life counts.”

Mine Kafon – Deminer (2012)
After getting to know the design of Mine Kafon, director Callum Cooper of contacted Massoud Hassani to collaborate on a documentary. The aim of the project is to create more attention for this worldwide problem and help along the production of the Mine Kafon as well. The result will be a short film, which shows a personal portrait of the designer who has created a low cost solution to landmine clearance.

Mine Kafon will be part of the collection MOMA (New York) and Hassani will also have an exposition in this renowned museum in March 2013.

During the shooting of the film it was proven that the prototypes work, now Hassani is in the process of finding collaborative partners – technical companies, fundings and governments – to start to produce these live saving deminers.

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very first presentation in Milan 2011

dinsdag 13 november 2012

lecture - TEDx Utrecht

It was awesome to hang around with the most talented people. Loved it.
Watch the TED talk here

“Once something becomes digital, you can do amazing things with it" - Andrei Herasimchuk

“Be aware with an attitude of openness and curiosity. Be like a mad scientist” - Todd Kashdan

“School’s out forever: What do you need? 1. Enough time 2. Enough headspace 3. Enough energy 4. A partner” - Rebecca Bortman

Full Creative Potential - thanks to Arjan Haring and his team of 70 members.

maandag 5 november 2012

Interview by FastCompany

Hassani explains that for the past 60 years, mine removal techniques have stayed largely the same. “Local people are often the ones doing it,” he tells Co.Design over the phone. “Those who need the money. A lot of people end up getting hurt.” Typically, the professional removal of a single mine costs around $1,200, and can take days. In contrast, Mine Kafon will cost around $40 when it’s put into production, and can sustain up to four explosions before needing to be replaced. The system has undergone two years of testing, mainly at the hands of the Dutch government, who put Mine Kafon through a series of strength tests. Eventually, a full-scale mockup was tested in the deserts around Morocco (a documentary about the trip is forthcoming).

This week, the team exhibited Mine Kafon at the Dutch Design Week, and Hassani says he plans to launch a Kickstarter in a few weeks. The proceeds will fund the next round of testing, and hopefully, a finalized design ready for implementation. He’s also prototyping a similar device that can be controlled by a remote sensor, plus a cylindrical version of Mine Kafon that is modular, making it possible to create a long, rolling sweeper. Though he hopes to deploy the first Mine Kafon in his home country, he says the team is also looking to implement the device in North Africa, as well as Angola, which is riddled with more undetonated mines than Afghanistan.

More on the Kickstarter launch to come. In the meantime

Read the article here

zaterdag 3 november 2012

Thanks to - Mail Online

Some Quotes from Mail Online readers:

Maybe this lad should have been awarded the noble peace prize as this is more deserving than the european union.
- Sick of the waste, Leeds, United Kingdom

Why on earth has this not been done before. Great invention.
- Aaron, Exeter,

What ever it costs it is worth every penny if it saves one life or stops these bombs from maiming anyone else. Great idea I love it x
- sunshine65, london

This is the apex of genius!!!!!!!, simple effective and life saving. I would nominate the inventor for a Nobel Peace Prize. Inspiring!!!
- Nick, Imagined View of the Past, United Kingdom,

How fantastically simple.
- Wrighty, Worcester, United Kingdom,

- if I was in the desert and saw one of these hurtling past me for the 1st time i'd think that tumbleweeds were secretly planning to take over the world. seriously though hats off to this simply great inventio
Tom Avenged, Malaga, Spain

Whatever it takes! Anything it takes. Even if it only clears one, that is one less that could harm someone.
- Sarahew88, Kandahar, United States

Wow, neat idea - a great start to solving a terrible problem that doesn't go away when the troops leave!
- Sally, Rochester, United Kingdom,

Quite impressive! Funny thing is, it looks so unique I'd buy this to put somewhere in my house.
- Le Chiffre, Paris,

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