"Keep it down or the 'techies'
It’s with a stiff, upper-lip that you find me writing this post!
Technology is everywhere that we look in our lives today, and there doesn’t seem to be any area that has remained untouched by the tech revolution.
Obviously for the inventors, programmers and the likes, the hardest mission is coming up with those big, bold ideas.
If they can’t continually rise to the occasion and bring a smile to an end user’s experience, then they may as well fall into the obese like alongside the ……. and the 2.5-inch floppy.
Tough market to crack
Everything is harder these days because everyone wants delivery faster. We live in a world of ‘next generation’ this, and high speed that.
A lot of inventions came close to being brilliant, like the Sinclair C5, until people realised how much of a dick they looked like when driving one. Indeed Eddison lit the way with the lightbulb, but then he fell on hard-times with his concept of concrete furniture. And then there was Sir Henry Bessemer’s anti-sea sickness boat. The vessel crashed into a timber-erected pier, with his crew of confused seamen left scratching their heads.
But stall the ball(s) there for a minute!
As far as I’m concerned there seems to be an opening or a gap in the market that is yet to be filled. I’m thinking of a problem that tugs at many a mans’ conscience and emotions including mine.
A bit of investigation in the right area could spring up some surprises, and it could also supply a fix for those who live with the precarious problem of performance anxiety in the bedroom.
That’s right; roll on the ‘Next Generation of Condoms!’
But you see that’s the beauty of this long and meaningful post, it has kept your attention this far. Yet ‘rolling on a condom’ often takes from the attention in hand, if you know what I’m talking about. I’m trying to be straight to the point now! And I'm sure you know what direction I’m going here? Down boy!
According to Grand Challenges in Global Health there are an estimated 750 million condom users worldwide and that number is, of course, rising all the time. They also state that there are few places that condoms have yet to reach (geographically talking of course).
The Grand Challenges in Global Health website also places a stiff emphasis on the major drawbacks of condom use, namely the lack of incentive for consistent use, and the perceived decrease in pleasure in comparison with bareback bacon.
So developing a stigma free; no-holes-barred (slip o’the finger sorry!) condom that reduces downtime is the future, right?
Given that decisions about usage are often made a split second prior to intercourse id say such an invention would, as they say, be a no-brainer, right?
At this stage of our relationship you are probably wondering where the tech comes into the whole condom debate?
Well Willy, William, or Bill Gates as most of us would know him, and he prefers to be addressed as, donates some of his hard-earned millions at condom-donning problems. Yes that’s right, through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
In fact Bill and Melinda are not backwards about coming forwards, and they even state on the foundation website that the common analogy about wearing a condom is 'like taking a shower with a raincoat on’.
Bill and Melinda say that they are open to new ideas. It’s sort of like an open, tech relationship, where they invite people's input to make the world a better place.
They hope such great ideas will help to answer questions in a move toward a world where condom negotiation is no longer an issue (or a tissue!)
Multi-purpose Prevention Technologies
According to the foundation, the field is moving toward a new class of products, referred to as Multi-purpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs). These will aim to protect against the sexual and reproductive health needs of men and women, while also adding to the sexual pleasure of both sexes through advances in design and function capabilities.
Today technology bosses talk about the internet of everything….mmm I envisage growth potential here! But shhh! Keep it down or the techies will hear us! At least until I can patent my ‘penis-link’ online (remember, you heard it here first).
Taken up the offer
We have two inventors who have ‘taken up the offer’ to try and come up with the ‘next generation condom’, both of whom, as winners of the Bill and Melinda Gate’s Grand Challenges Explorations Initiative (GCE), have been awarded grant funding of $100,000 to try and hit their proposed targets. So stand proud Benjamin Strutt and Willem van Rensburg.
The composite creation
Benjamin Strutt (real name) and a team from Cambridge Design Partnership in the United Kingdom plan to make sparks fly as they design a male condom out of a composite material. They hope to provide a universal fit that is designed to gently tighten during intercourse, enhancing sensation and reliability.........fair play lads!
Hands free mobile device
Willem van Rensburg of Kimbranox Ltd, based in South Africa will test a condom applicator known as the ‘Rapidom’. Ok so the truth is that the Rapidom does require some hand action, but van Rensburg says that it is designed for easy, ‘technique-free’ application of a condom. Kimbranox will test an applicator that is designed so to be easily applied with one motion, thereby minimizing interruption..........again fair play lads!
It makes me very excited to know that the future of the condom is in such good hands.
Now I, along with all men can stand proud and protected knowing that we are covered for every occasion.
The small print
NB: Just one last point that caught my attention. It was perhaps ironic that on the same press release from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kimbrinox Ltd easy condom applicator information was followed by a grant award category titled:
‘Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholders’