Condoms are an issue that have been plaguing the modern man since those early teenage fumblings. However well things are going, it’s hard to resuscitate the romance after you’ve spent the best part of five minutes trying to find, then attach what’s basically an elasticated piece of clingfilm to your nether regions.
Scientists in Australia are working to give the humble condom an image overhaul, after being tasked by Bill Gates to work on ‘the next generation condom’.
What they’ve come up with is a condom made of hydrogels, a decades-old material that has the ability to self-lubricated, can deliver its own dose of Viagra and biodegrades after time. It’ll even conduct electricity, opening up the potential for a new wave of male sex toys (and hopefully making those rings sold in pub toilets redundant).
Because of all this high-tech ability, hydrogel condoms have the ability to feel more pleasurable than going condom-free, a benefit which has been developed with the aim of helping to combat disease in developing countries, as scientist Robert Gorkin explains “If you make them so pleasurable that people can't wait to put them on, then more people will use them, and we can hopefully stop the spread of disease. It's as simple as that.”
Whether they’ll come in a range of fruit flavours – or be any easier to put on after six pints – remains to be seen.
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