A new condom which actually glows when it detects an STI has been invented.
The innovative new idea was produced by a team of teenagers competing at the TeenTech Awards – a competition which challenged 11-16-year-olds to come up with a new “technology to make life better, simpler or easier”.
And this piece of kit, called the ‘S.T.EYE’, will certainly do that!
The condom works by using a small layer of chemicals on the surface. These chemicals attach to bacteria and viruses commonly found in STIs.
The reaction causes molecules on the rubber to emit a low fluorescent light which changes colour based on the STI it attaches to.
Even more incredibly, designers say the condom will glow a different colour depending on the type of infection – yellow for herpes, green for chlamydia, blue for syphilis and purple for the human papillomavirus.
14-year-old Daanyaal Ali who is one of the S.T.EYE creators from Isaac Newton Academy said:
We wanted to create something that makes 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.
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 S.T.EYE team took home the top prize at this year’s TeenTech Awards in the health category.
Unfortunately, The S.T.EYE is not available in stores yet and is still just a concept, but it would certainly be a game changer if these guys could get it off the ground.