Perhaps ten steps ahead of paper cranes, a new condom design funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is slated to hit the consumer market sometime in 2014/2015.
If the website is any indication, ORIGAMI Condoms look as sexy as they sound. In March 2013, Grand Challenges in Global Health announced the Next Generation of Condom challenge. ORIGAMI has since been recognized as the leading private sector innovator to recreate the condom. ORIGAMI founder, Danny Resnic, aims to reinvent the condom into a user-friendly and pleasurable device. A mission long sought after by sex toy companies, it’s fun to have a condom company in on the innovation game.
What do these condoms look like and who will be the target audience? Well, there are three condom designs currently in the works:
Each of the three condoms are made of silicone with anatomy-specific design for increased pleasure, ease of use, and comfort. The condoms are 100% biocompatible and non-allergenic, not to mention fun to look at. There are video instructions on the website for each of them, which are super informative and wild to watch. Because the condoms are made of silicone, only water-based lubricants should be used with them. Silicone lubricants paired with silicone condoms (or toys) cause friction and can destroy the material — something very important to remember for safer sex and STD prevention.
In the current stage of innovation, the condoms are solely designed to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and STIs/STDs, but further research is being conducted to ensure that they also act as a contraceptive.
Before ORIGAMI Condoms can reach the consumer market in the U.S, they must first be approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Perhaps the best part about ORIGAMI? These condoms are brought to you by: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NPR, Huffington Post, CBS News, ABC, National Female Condom Day, and The Doctors.