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  • 1115822TR

    The person who has invented a mine - His family should be prosecuted for cruelty against humanity. I personally think aldrif we will get mine to life, and all these new initiatives will help nothing. First, these so-called boldte too easy? There should be no weight on and if they were to be heavier .. Well, they can not move. http://www.antonklinke.dk

    • Jordan Cronk

      His family is my family, so I should kill myself because you are such an idiot?

  • Paul Murray

    most "mines" in Afghanistan and Iraq are triggered when a certain amount of weight presses down on the trigger, closing an electrical circuit and exploding a normally homemade explosive. IED's are commonly placed on busy roads, local vehicles don't trigger the explosives because they aren't heavy enough. It's only when our very heavy armored vehicles roll across them that they are heavy enough to close the circuit. this device is not heavy enough to set off modern IED's or "mines"

    • Juanpi de la Torre

      Why would they want to clear anti-tank mines if they don't pose a risk to civilians?

      • Paul Murray

        they wouldn't. The only IED clearing that the Army does is to make way for our own vehicles. There is no reason for us to clear a roadway if we aren't the ones using it.

        • Juanpi de la Torre

          This guy was born in Afghanistan and lived, mainly, in the Netherlands. He is not interested in clearing the roads for you to pass.

          • Joachim Hilmer

            It seems his focus is on safety, not choosing who lives or dies. Pull back on the reins a bit.

            • Juanpi de la Torre

              He built a cheap cost-efficient device that can set off personal landmines. He is not choosing who lives or dies, he is reducing the number of casualties personal landmines cause.

  • Human Drone

    If this could be fitted with remote control apparatus could be directed and than made to return for repairs without endangering human life! I really think this invention is on top when it comes to the problems of abandoned mined areas!

  • shanebookagannon

    Interesting but can be developed further. if there was a powder substance that pours out of each leg as it rotates or something so u can define where it has moved. urika! i have it. have straight rows segregated by rope for it to travel. the rows could be installed using a kite provided some one is at the top of the area.

  • shanebookagannon

    Interesting but can be developed further. if there was a powder substance that pours out of each leg as it rotates or something so u can define where it has moved. urika! i have it. have straight rows segregated by rope for it to travel. the rows could be installed using a kite provided some one is at the top of the area.

  • Candy Wong

    Google: Theo Jansen strandbeest. Maybe this can be adapted to become a landmine detector too.

  • Peter Barlow

    Great idea but does it guarantee detection 100%? probably not although what does apart from a flail tank as designed for the Normandy landings in WW2 . I see the suggestion of the GPS tag to track the path but for the people on the ground that is of limited benefit as they will not generally have access to a device that can show the safe tracks. You could just follow up the clearing device with a radio control car with a spray can or something else to mark the track. This could then be followed up with a second sweep using some sort of roller to ensure that a usable pathway is safe as the foot print of the wind power device is fairly narrow.

  • o2creative

    Amazing Idea! I am from Colombia and as everybody knows we face the same problem with mine fields left behind by the guerrillas. I wish you can help us out with your brilliant idea or I wonder how I can help my people with your idea? Can you help me bring this idea to Colombia? Thanks

    • Thomas Loman

      i don't know where the minefields are in Columbia, however this invention works because of the steady, prevailing desert winds. Deep jungles destroy mines through rot, but it takes many years; in a desert, the mines might stay active for centuries unless detonated.

  • Rahul Jani

    Its a brilliant concept but I think there should be a GPS tag within the core to track the movement of the globe since its wind-powered nature and the terrain will never allow for a straight path. This will allow for cleared paths to be accurately recorded and the areas which have been missed can be covered using conventional means.

  • Chris Schaff

    Now if he threw in a cheap radio transmitter unit in each one, they could track where they have gone by using each one to both triangulate the others, and to boost the signal. It could all be powered by a piezo generator as the thing keeps rolling around.