Students invent condom that changes colour when it comes into contact with STIs
Group of Essex schoolchildren come up with concept for 'S.T.EYE' - a condom that changes colour when it comes into contact with a sexually transmitted infection
A group of schoolchildren from Essex have invented a condom that detects sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia and syphilis.
The 'S.T.EYE' condom would change colour to warn the couple if a strain of bacteria is present.
It is currently just a concept, but the pupils - Daanyaal Ali, 14, Muaz Nawaz, 13 and Chirag Shah, 14 – from at Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford, Essex won the TeenTech award for best health innovation.
They took home a prize of £1,000 and a visit to Buckingham Palace.
“We created the S.T.EYE as a new way for STI detection to help the future of the next generation,” said Daanyaal.
“We wanted to create something that makes detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before, so that people can take immediate action in the privacy of their own homes without the invasive procedures at the doctors.
“We've made sure we're able to give peace of mind to users and make sure people can be even more responsible than ever before.”
Among the other finalist of the TeenTech award was a group who came up with the idea of a WiFi-connected hair clip that changes colour to match a person's clothing and an electronic tap to help manage water supplies in developing countries.