For over 400 years condom design has virtually been unchanged. However, thanks to an initiative announced in March of 2013 by tech mogul Bill Gates offering grants of $100,000 for condom researchers to create a device that “significantly preserves or enhances pleasure” to encourage more males to adopt the use of condoms for safer sex, a huge crop of innovative new prophylactic devices has popped up in the past year. Here’s my take on 3 revolutionary new condoms that have been in the news recently…
Up first is the Eros Protector, invented by Chinese undergrads. While most people are looking for condoms that feel thinner and smaller, the creators of this new condom believe “more is more”. The Eros Protector is basically a condom-thong, designed to cover not just the shaft and head of the wearer’s penis, but the pubic area, balls and taint as well. A specially designed condom screws into place and comes with special herbal lube that is formulated for a woman’s pH, because why not. This underwear-esque design covers much more surface area than a traditional condom which may help protect wearers against the herpes virus, but I can’t imagine anyone actually deciding to use it.
Next up is the Galactic Cap, a complete 180° turn from the Eros Protector. Inventor Charlie Powell believes his revolutionary new condom design will be the next big thing, by covering up as little of the penis as possible while still providing pregnancy protection. The Galactic Cap is a two part design – a polyurethane film base that is stuck to the penis (and can be worn for hours or DAYS before getting busy) and a self-adhesive “cap” that is then attached before intercourse to the head to trap semen. This less-is-more approach provides more sensation for the wearer by leaving the shaft and coronal ridge uncovered by latex, but does not protect against STIs that are transmitted skin to skin. While I personally feel like this condom design seems even more prone to user error than the traditional option (and the thought of ripping adhesive off the head of a penis is terrifying), many news outlets have picked up on this concept as being a “gamechanger”. If you’re interested in trying out the Galactic Cap, you can head over to Indiegogo where a pledge as low as $15 will get you a handful of samples (given they receive FDA approval).
Our final condom design of the future is, in my opinion, the most viable… and the good folks over at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seem to agree as well, as they’ve donated $100,000 to aid in its development. Research is underway at Australia’s University of Wollongong where scientists are working on a revolutionary new condom for your wollon-dong (Ugh, that was horrible, I know, please forgive me). Made of a “tough hydrogel” as opposed to traditional latex or polyurethane, this high-tech material is said to feel like real skin. Tough hydrogels are already being used in a variety of products including contact lenses and have a soft, squishiness to them that can mimic the sensation of human skin. The scientists working on this projects still have a ways to go before these condoms can go to market, but they hope the natural feel they provide will inspire more guys to use protection.
What do you think of these futuristic condom designs? Would you use any of them? Let me know what you think in the comments!