Saturday, February 15, 2014

A shoe that detects land mines

Around the world there are thought to be some 110 million active land mines. Not just in war zones but also in places where conflict is long past. In Colombia there are many active mines left by illegal armed groups scattered throughout the country. Protecting people is a major challenge. Colombian company Lemur Studio took up the challenge and came up with a landmine detection system that fits inside a shoe. When the planar coil sensor fitted in the insole detects a nearby land mine it sends a warning signal to prevent the person from stepping on the mine. Lemur Studio is still working on the design of the shoe, but the hope is affordable mine detecting footwear will be available in the near future.

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