A group of young teens are being praised after inventing a condom that changes colors when it comes in contact with certain sexually-transmitted infections.
Named ‘S.T.EYE’, the condom indicates when it finds infections, such as chlamydia and syphilis. It will turn the corresponding color for whatever strain of bacteria it finds. Pretty gross, but useful. It might be an awkward moment, but it could save a life.
Students, Daanyaal Ali, 14, Muaz Nawaz, 13 and Chirag Shah, 14, pupils at Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford, Essex, wanted to invent something that would help make it easier to detect STIs.
“We created the S.T.EYE as a new way for STI detection to help the future of the next generation. 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,” explains Daanyaal. “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 intelligent condom won the TeenTech Awards, which awards young inventors. The group will receive £1,000 and a trip to Buckingham Palace.
Former Tomorrow’s World presenter Maggie Philbin, founder and chief executive of TeenTech, said: “We encourage students to take their ideas out of the classroom by putting them face-to-face with industry professionals, helping to open their eyes to the real potential of their ideas.”
Other inventions that stood out at the competition was shoes that allow the user to charge up electrical items while walking, and and an electronic tap to help manage water supplies in developing countries.