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.
We Irish have never been great at talking about the birds and the bees. Whether it's a hangover from a time when couples had to get married to do the bold thing, or a lasting shame from having to sneak "French Letters" into the country, it's hard to say.
FOR men, it is the ultimate taboo – the dysfunction that dares not utter its name. "One in five men experience premature ejaculation. They don't want to talk about it. However, it is likely we all know someone who suffers from it," says Dr Wallace Dinsmore, a sexual health specialist and chair of the Irish Association of Sexual Medicine.