Condoms already come in various colors and sizes as most people know. What more could you really do to condoms? There are female condoms, ribbed condoms, extra lubricated condoms, and so on and so forth! What would happen if there were color changing condoms? Cool right? But what causes them to change colors? The exposure to different sexually transmitted infections (STIs)! Clever idea right? Guess who came up with the notion? A group of thirteen and fourteen year olds!
The group included creators Muaz Nawaz, Daanyaal Ali, and Chirag Shah, from London’s Isaac Newton Academy. They wanted to “make detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before” without invasive testing. They wittily named their new invention the S.T.EYE. They were awarded the top health innovation prize in their city’s TeenTech Awards. This award ceremony is intended to promote science, engineering, and technology in schools. At the competition, groups of kids ranging in age from 11 to 16 attempt to create “technology to make life better, simpler or easier.”
The condoms uses built-in indicators that change to different colors depending on the bacteria or infection they discover. The colir code is supposed to be as follows: green for chlamydia, yellow for herpes, purple for human papillomavirus, or blue for syphilis.
Molecules in the condom bond to the bacteria of common STIs, causing the condom to actually glow in low light.
The creators had this to say about their invention, “We wanted to make something that make detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before, so that people can take immediate action in the privacy of their own homes without the invasive procedures at the doctors,” 14-year-old Ali said. “We’ve made sure we’re able to give peace of mind to users and make sure people can be even more responsible than ever before.”
The boys’ prize included £1,000 and a trip to Buckingham Palace, where they will be presented with their award. However, the colorful condoms are still in the conceptual stage; the design has not been finalized at this moment. I think they need to put a rush on that stat! Am I right or am I right?!