At the TeenTech awards for 2015, a team of high school students from the U.K. have taken out the Future of Health category with the concept for a new style of condom. You may be thinking that is not a new idea, but it’s what they propose for a condom that is a winner.
The condom, which they call ‘S.T.EYE’, would detect infections, such as chlamydia and syphilis.
If a sexually transmitted infection (STI) was detected, it would turn a different color. The STI that has been detected would show as a particular color. It would work this out by the particular strain of bacteria that is present.
According to Independent, it is the brainchild of Daanyaal Ali, 14, Muaz Nawaz, 13, and Chirag Shah, 14, pupils at Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford, Essex, who wanted to “make detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before” without the need for invasive tests.
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“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 made detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before,” said Daanyaal Ali, 14 in a statement.
This is “so that people can take immediate action in the privacy of their own homes without the often-scary procedures at the doctors. We’ve made sure we’re able to give peace of mind to users, and let people act even more responsibly than ever before,” Daanyaal added.
The idea has not gone unnoticed, with a condom manufacturer approaching them saying that they were impressed with their determination to tackle such a sensitive issue. They were judged by Dr Christian Jessen, who was judging the Future of Health category.
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It is still in the conceptual stage. The team explained that S.T.EYE could glow green for chlamydia, yellow for herpes, purple for human papillomavrius, or blue for syphilis. It won the TeenTech award for best health innovation.
They will receive their award at Buckingham Palace later this yea,r and they won $1532 in prize money for the invention.
“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,” Maggie Philbin, founder and CEO of TeenTech, said.
With teens like this, our future is looking bright.