Good news for those of you guys who hate putting those things on: According to a report in the New York Times, the condom of the future might be made of cow tendon or fish skin. It might have “shape memory” to instantly mold to a specific man. Or it might come with pull tabs so a man could slip it on with little fuss.
The report continues that those ideas are among the winners announced Wednesday by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation of a contest to create a condom that men would actually use. The contest, the foundation said, aimed to decrease unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases with “a next-generation condom that significantly preserves or enhances pleasure.” The foundation received 812 applications, chose 11 and awarded the winners $100,000 each.
Winners include the “ultrasensitive reconstituted collagen condom” proposed by Apex Medical Technologies in San Diego. Apex’s president, Mark McGlothlin, said his product would feel like skin and be made from collagen fibers from cows’ Achilles tendons or possibly fish skin.
Cool. And our favorite quote from this story goes to McGlothlin, who added, “They’re unbelievably strong. I could yank all day and not break this thing.” So glad to hear that, Mark. But be careful. Rumor has it you might go blind!