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iPhone App Plays Minesweeper For Real

Do you ever play Minesweeper on Windows? It’s a pretty fun game and a great excuse to not work on that paper that’s due tomorrow. What isn’t fun is being an actual minesweeper, where you could get your arm blown off at any minute. The most common method, is to walk blindly out into a minefield with a metal detector. When you hear a beep you crawl around, poking into the ground with a knife until you find something. Not the most effective method. There are millions of landmines in the world, most of them remnants of wars that have been over for decades. Thousands of people are injured or killed every year from stepping on them. The difficulty is in locating and deactivating all of those millions of mines without anyone getting hurt.

Luckily, there is an app for that. Developers at Harvard are working on an iPhone app that helps detect landmines. You simply attach it to your metal detector, and the app figures out the shape and depth of the mine. This is important info, as it tells the minesweeper how to deactivate it. It makes sense that Apple is on board with this app. Not only does it have the potential to help thousands of people, but for Steve Jobs it means owning an iPhone is literally a matter of life and death. That Android phone is going to be useless to you in a minefield.

Via Gizmodo.

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