Condoms just got smarter. The i.Con is a creation by British Condoms, a company from the UK, and using nano-chip technology it measures activity of the organ and allegedly can detect sexually transmitted illnesses.
According to their website britishcondoms.uk/i-con-smart-condom.html :
i.Con will record:
– Calories burnt during sexual intercourse
– Speed of thrusts
– Total number of thrusts
– Frequency of sessions
– Total duration of sessions
– Average velocity of thrusts
– Girth measurement
– Different positions used (currently BETA testing – will have more info in a release coming soon)
– Average skin temperature
This pedometer, or rather “penometer”, has sensors that pick up a variety of variables that can be uploaded to one’s computer. Per the website, “utilizing a Nano-chip and sensors, i.Con will measure and remember a number of different variables during your sessions. Once your session is completed, you will then be able to use the i.Con app to download your recent data which is paired to the device using Bluetooth technology. Once you have downloaded your data, the i.Con will automatically clear its memory making way for your next session. It’s extremely simple to use.”
According to Medical Daily these sensors will have the ability to pick up protein antigens that would be released by an infectious process including a sexually transmitted disease.
If this is true, i.Con could revolutionize our fight against various STI epidemics. Syphilis is on the rise, and “SuperGonorrhea” may soon be untreatable due to its drug resistance. For those who don’t mind sharing, studies could be done looking at their sexual patterns and issues with erections.
It runs £59.99, or $74 US and the company is currently taking early bird registrations before the release date.
Academically this could be hugely advantageous. However, from a practical standpoint, I don’t see anyone older than 25 caring, let alone purchasing it. Plus smartphones get pretty warm…..sometimes catch fire and explode. I’m not saying that would happen with smart condoms but how many men, or even women for that matter, would think its a smart choice….
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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician