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Augmented Anti-personnel mines

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Augmented Anti-personnel mines

INTRO

For more than 50 years now, an armed conflict between the Colombian government, guerrilla and paramilitaries has been killing the Colombian population. The conflict has left behind over 6 million victims and one of their most terrifying consequences are landmines and cluster munitions which can remain active years after the conflict’s end. According to official information from the Colombian government: “In the period 1990 to August 31, 2015 a total of 11,202 casualties were reported by Anti-personnel Mines (APM)1, Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)2 and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)3 (DAICMA 2015).

People in certain regions of Colombia are at high risks to die or be severely wounded. Thus, some local communities have been displaced because of those risks, and so far, there has not been any effective solution developed. Moreover, the government recognized the need for more de-miners to address the problem and more technologies to be developed.

Information and data visualization are two of the most important issues in today's technological world, and surely will continue to appear for some time as a constant concern in the development of applications. But how to make the technology meet human beings needs, rather than trying to humans adapting the frantic pace of the technology? How to get people in developing countries to have access to technological applications that really make their life better?

Try to imagine for a moment, how the world would look like without landmines? Now think a little more, to imagine how the world would sound like without landmines? And now, in the last attempt, imagine how the world would feel like without landmines? That's exactly the feeling behind this process, the feeling of a world of confidence, a world where people are able to walk around their house without the fear of being hurt because of the remnants of war, a world where regardless of their social status, people can use technology to their advantage, even to preserve their lives or those of their loved ones.