Gone are the days when condom advertising revolved around its flavoured variants. It is the age of technology and it is but natural that condoms too have to innovate. This has led to the creation of the world’s first ‘smart condom’ that claims it can detect Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI), assess performance in terms of the number of calories burnt, thrusts, the speed of thrusts and duration and frequency of sessions. It also makes a note of how many different positions you use in any time period and how you stack up ‘to other people from around the world?’ Called i.Con Smart Condom, it is reportedly a ring-shaped wearable that sits at the base of the penis. The ring is worn at the base of the condom and is fully adjustable for size. The makers have finally revealed a few photos of the ‘smart condom’ that claims to improve the wearer’s sex life. Close to 90000 people have preordered the product at the price of USD 80.99. Also Read - British Man Used to Secretly Pierce Holes in Condom to 'Improve Intimacy' During Sex, Jailed For Rape
According to news reports, the smart condom, created by British Condoms, will use nano-chip and Bluetooth technology to send data to a smartphone app. This data can be downloaded and viewed. The ‘smart condom’ lasts for about 6-8 hours of usage when it is fully charged. While the product seems to be a hit already, there are also concerns over privacy, especially around spying on a person’s intimate moments. The makers claim that the information will be kept anonymous. However, users reportedly have the option to share their data with friends or the world. Also Read - Sale of Condoms & Sex Toys Skyrocket As Indians Make the Most of Coronavirus Lockdown
British Condoms claim that the range of statistics provided by the smart condom will help in improving the wearer’s sex life. Data recorded by the device includes duration, speed, and girth measurements, in addition to the number of calories burnt, different positions and also detects chlamydia and syphilis. An article in Mail Online quotes Aaron Slater, spokesperson for Nottingham-based British Condoms, saying, “We knew we were on the cusp of creating something special with i.Con, and bringing a new meaning to “wearable tech. But being advocates of safe sex, we wanted something more, and the addition of an STI indicator has certainly done that. With over 96,000 pre-registrations for the product, we know that this is a complete game-changer.” The i.Con is currently in the final stages of testing and will be released later this year. Also Read - Will Coronavirus Lead to Baby Boom? Stores Experience Condom Shortages as Couples Stock in Quarantine
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