A group of British teenage boys have presented an idea for a condom that changes color based on whether its wearer has a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Muaz Nawaz, Daanyaal Ali and Chirag/ Shah, from London’s Isaac Newton Academy, shared the concept for the shade-shifting sheath at TeenTech London. The modern science fair challenged students to create technology that would make life simpler, better or easier.
The teens told the Daily Mail that the condoms would contain molecules that attach to STI bacteria and shine with a fluorescent glow. The concept is called S.T.EYE, a play on the sexually transmitted infections it is intended to recognize.
The finished product might glow green for chlamydia, yellow for herpes and blue for syphilis, according to the paper.
“We wanted to make something that made detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before, so that people can take immediate action in the privacy of their own homes without the often-scary procedures at the doctors,” co-inventor Ali said in a TeenTech statement.
“We’ve made sure we’re able to give peace of mind to users and let people act even more responsibly than ever before,” he added.
For now, the innovative condoms remain an abstract concept. TeenTech says a condom manufacturer has expressed interest in bringing the teens’ colorful idea into reality.
Meanwhile, a team of scientists in Australia is designing ultra-durable condoms that they say could feel even better than nothing at all. The condom is made with hydrogel, a strong and flexible solid which can be made to feel and act like human tissue. The team hopes their design will eventually offer functions like self-lubrication, topical drug delivery, and even electric conductivity.