How your phone could save your life: Army bomb disposal expert creates app to help spot landmines
A former army bomb disposal expert who has also been blown up has devised a new smart phone app to help travellers avoid treading on mines.
Richard Stevens, 42, spent 22 years in the Royal Engineers defusing explosives in locations around the world.
And now as a civilian he has developed the app that gives users tips on how to spot mines, how to avoid them and what to do if they wander into a minefield.
It pictures and lists all known mines and bombs that cause death and disability every day in many parts of the world, including Europe.
Its database is constantly updated with all new information and it is targeted at civilian travellers, those who live in areas scattered with mines and even the military.
Richard is also hoping to develop an Arabic version of the app and wants to save as many lives and limbs as possible.
He says many people are unaware just how many places are littered with mines, and not just in current war-torn countries.