Three teen boys from the Isaac Newton Academy in London recently invented a condom that turns different colors when it detects specific sexually transmitted diseases, also known as sexually transmitted infections, or STIs.
The condom, "S.T. EYE," won in the Health Category of the TeenTech awards this year (video below), bringing the teens about $1,500 in prize money.
According to Medical Daily, "The condom would work by being infused with molecules that luminesce in low light when they become attached to genetic material from bacteria and viruses known to cause STIs like chlamydia and syphilis."
One of the teen inventors, Daanyaal Ali, 14, told the Daily Mail:
"We created the S.T.EYE as a new way for STI detection to help the future of the next generation.
"We wanted to create something that makes 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 doctor's.
"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."