Condoms are a cheap, simple solution to a whole host of problems. And yet, trying to talk men worldwide into using them is worse than trying to get a sleeping bag back in its original packaging. Which is why back in March, Bill and Melinda Gates—two cool parents who just want you to know that you can come to them with any questions, no matter how embarrassing—announced a contest for researchers ready to pioneer the future of condom tech.
Well, the New York Times reports that the results are now in. The pair's foundation has picked 11 winners from among 812 applicants, each of whom gets $100,000 in grant money, with the promise of up to $1 million more if they can actually make these ideas happen.
Perhaps the most fascinating entry comes from Apex Medical Technologies, which has designed a next-gen condom designed to feel like skin, made from "collagen fibers from cows' Achilles tendons or possibly fish skin." According to the Times:
"They're unbelievably strong," said Mr. McGlothlin, who currently gets beef tendon from a Vietnamese grocery. "I could yank all day and not break this thing."
All day, ladies! All day.
Other winning proposals include a "wrapping condom" made of polyethylene plastic (it's basically Saran Wrap for your hard-on), a "one-size-fits-all" model with shape memory, and a condom will pull tabs designed to be applied in a single motion. You know, so you don't have to pause mid-foreplay and screw around with a latex baggie for 10 minutes.
And that's the latest on Bill Gates and dicks.
Condom Contest Produces 812 Ideas for Improvement [New York Times]
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