WOULD you wear a condom made from beef tendon or fish scraps? What about a condom with ‘wings’ for an easy roll-on?
These are just some of the ideas that are being pitched to The Gates Foundation as part of their $100,000 initiative to reinvent the condom competition, to help reduce sexually transmitted disease and unwanted pregnancies around the world.
The foundation received more than 500 entries for the condom challenge and announced the winning proposals last Wednesday.
Two of the more interesting condoms were the collagen and the pronto.
The collagen condom is a condom made from raw collagen from beef tendons or fish scraps, then formed into a condom. The result is a condom that feels like ‘moist skin’.
Part of the global research into condomn use found that most men prefer a condom that they didn’t notice when on.
Meanwhile, the pronto condom, in the directional video below it explains how it works in better detail. The concept is quite simple: crack open the condom and roll it on, quick and with no fuss.
The winner of the condom competition has 18 months to show that their design can be easily manufactured, and that the device could be safe and effective.
Each group can then apply for a $1 million grant to scale up production and do rigorous clinical trials.