A group of teenage inventors in the United Kingdom has invented a condom that changes colors to warn of STDs, according to multiple reports. The three teenagers from the Isaac Newton Academy in Illford, Essex, won the Teen Tech awards with their novel innovation, according to The Daily Mail.
Chemicals in the condom material react with viruses and bacteria – meaning the latex would turn green in the presence of chlamydia, yellow for herpes, purple for HPV and blue for syphilis, the teenagers explained.
“We created the S.T.EYE as a new way for STI detection to help the future of the next generation,” said Ali, according to accounts.
The inventors – 14-year-olds Daanyaal Ali and Chirag Shah, and Muaz Nawas, 13 – won 1,000 pounds and a trip to Buckingham Palace, for placing first in the invention competition.
Other inventions included a Wi-Fi connected hair clip that changes colors to match the wearer’s clothing, and a bracelet that monitors the wearer’s pulse – and could call emergency services in case of trouble, according to reports.
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