'Origami' Condom Unfolds Faster
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It doesn't look like you'll be able to fit this condom in your wallet. (Not that you were supposed to carry condoms in your wallet, anyway.) A startup is developing a 3D "origami" condom that the company says is easier and more pleasurable to use than the flat, rolled kind. The New Scientist has details, as well as a video.
The new condom is made of silicone and has an inflated, accordion-like shape that helps it unfold quickly. The condom's inventor, Daniel Resnic, has a patent for the design and founded Strata Various Product Design in Culver City, Calif., which will develop and market it. Resnic and his colleagues plan to submit the Origami Condom for review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization in 2014, according to the Strata website.
What's left to work on over the next year? Well, as the New Scientist reports, there's the "one-way valve, which Resnic compares to a lobster trap, [that] would allow semen to get in without being able to escape."
While the video on the New Scientist discusses the Origami Condom for heterosexual activity, Resnic and his colleagues have also tested it among gay men. They have prototypes for other designs for a female condom and an oral sex shield.