It is estimated that more than 110 million active landmines are scattered across 70 countries around the world. An equal number of landmines are stockpiled, waiting to be planted. These landmines remain active for decades and kill thousands of people each month … most of them women and children.
Colombia has a major landmine problem
Colombia is at constant war due to anti-government rebellions and, as a result, a lot of the area is infested with landmines. According to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), Colombia is the second-most mined country in the world after Afghanistan.
Groundbreaking technology introduces life-saving solution
Lemur Studio, a Bogota, Colombia-based design firm, has designed a life-saving solution called SaveOneLife. The SaveOneLife boot inserts can detect landmines from a distance of 6.5 feet. The design has already received numerous awards.
How does it work?
SaveOneLife is equipped with tiny microprocessors that pick up electromagnetic signals produced by a large metal object like a landmine. Embedded radio transmitters then send a message to a wristband interface.
The wristband interface alerts wearers if they come within a 6.5 foot radius of a landmine by displaying the exact location of the mine on a small screen, ruling out the need for any guesswork.
Lemur Studio is currently trying to gain much-needed funding for the project by pitching its concept to the military. If successful, this product could soon be saving innocent peoples’ lives every day.