One of the most common complaints about condoms is that they decrease the pleasure of intercourse. But maybe not for much longer. Scientists at the University of Wollongong are busy developing the condom of the future — one that self-lubricates, delivers Viagra, and even conducts electricity.
Rather than latex, the team has been experimenting with hydrogel material which — although strong and durable — can be made to feel like human tissue. “We had an idea that these new materials would have the same properties as rubber, but with a nicer feel,” said team leader Robert Gorkin (pictured flexing hydrogel).
The researchers now plan to conduct biometric testing to measure the body’s response to the condoms. “If you make them so pleasurable that people can’t wait to put them on, then more people will use them, and we can hopefully stop the spread of disease,” said Gorkin. “It’s as simple as that.”