SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE CHANGE THE CONDOM’S COLOUR
It sounds incredibly futuristic – a glow-in-the-dark condom that changes colour if the wearer has a sexually transmitted infection.
But not only could it soon become a reality, it was invented by a group of 13 and 14 year olds.
Kind of makes your papier-mache-and-baking-soda volcano school project pale in comparison, huh?
Muaz Nawaz, Daanyaal Ali and Chirag Shah, from the Isaac Newton Academy in London, devised the “S.T.EYE.” and submitted it to the TeenTech Awards, where they very deservedly took out first place in the health innovation category.
The competition encourages 11 to 16 year olds to create “technology to make life better, simpler or easier”, and comes with a top prize of NZ$2280 and a trip to Buckingham Palace.
When worn, molecules in the game-changing “smart” condom are attracted to the bacteria of STIs, making the sheath glow and offering up a diagnosis without using invasive measures.
The students, who wanted to “make detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before”, said the condom glows green for chlamydia, yellow for herpes, purple for human papillomavirus, and blue for syphilis.
“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,” said 14-year-old Ali.
While the teens’ design is currently just in the concept stage, it could soon become a tangible product.
Since winning the award, they have been approached by a condom manufacturer, “impressed by their determination to tackle a sensitive issue”, said TeenTech.
thanks to Life style.
DEDICATED BY: KAVINGNAR THANIGAI.