A Nanotech-Powered AIDS-Killing Condom Is Closer than Ever

Correctly used, condoms do a damn good job of preventing STDs (and pregnancy!). But nobody's gonna say no to an improvement that ups those odds. Say, a condom coated in antiviral gel that kills up t0 99.9% of HIV, genital herpes, and human papillomavirus. Australia just said yes, and hopefully the U.S. isn't far… » 7/22/14 4:26pm 7/22/14 4:26pm

Scientists Are Making Condoms Out of the Same Material As Your Contacts

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently awarded a grant to an Australian research team trying to build a better condom. They're hardly the first to win such an award, but they have a novel approach. These polymer scientists are making condoms out of hydrogels, the same materials used in contact lenses. » 6/09/14 12:00pm 6/09/14 12:00pm

Uh, A Condom Company Just Made Vibrating Underwear Controlled by Your…

So obviously this was going to happen eventually, but that doesn't mean we're ready for it. Durex just announced what it's calling "Fundawear", which ostensibly stands for "fun underwear" but which Durex believes will eventually come to mean "article of clothing that is fun like once ever until you realize what… » 4/18/13 2:56pm 4/18/13 2:56pm

This Terrifying Condom Slingshot Is the Most Effective Birth Control

Bill Gates has posted a $100,000 bounty to the person or team that finds a way to improve the age old design of the condom. Including "designs that are easier to properly apply" which inspired our favorite weapons designer Joerg Sprave to of course apply his expertise in slingshots to the problem. » 4/08/13 8:12am 4/08/13 8:12am

Bill Gates Has $100,000 For Anyone Who Can Invent a High-Tech, Next-Gen…

Condoms are a life-saving piece of tech, and for being little more than uninflated latex balloons, they do their job pretty well if you wear them. That's the part that Bill Gates is working on. No, he's not going around as a one-man condom-police army, but he is offering $100,000 to anyone who can make a condom less… » 3/23/13 10:00am 3/23/13 10:00am

This Emergency Condom Delivery App Is the Reason Smartphones Were…

When you look down at your smartphone and think about how much it's made your life easier and better, you'll probably think about how the Internet is at your fingertips or how you can share filtered photos with friends or send texts without ever having to speak to anyone. You'll probably think that's why the… » 1/31/13 11:00pm 1/31/13 11:00pm

Fancy Dissolving Condoms Are the Future of Female Birth Control

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a discreet condom that does double duty for women's reproductive health subtly—it prevents pregnancy and protects against sexually transmitted diseases by dissolving inside of the body and releasing preventative drugs after use. Who can argue with that? » 12/04/12 12:00pm 12/04/12 12:00pm

If You Didn't Know, Condoms Are Much Stronger Than Water Balloons

In this hilarious video about Durex condoms, boys are tossing water balloons that explode all over the sidewalk and leak onto people. But if they use a condom? No matter the pressure, no matter the friction, it stays strong. So yeah, condoms are better than water balloons at not ripping. [Vimeo via Design Taxi] » 11/21/12 11:00pm 11/21/12 11:00pm

From Fish Bladders to the Reservoir Tip: A History of Condom Design

It's summer, and you're (hopefully) going to get some game. It starts at a bar or a BBQ or your living room—wherever you go to meet a private dance-partner. You get ready to get sweaty, and then, the grab for contraception: "Honey/dude/whatsyourname, can you grab the fish bladder?" Or maybe it's: "Got your reusable… » 7/05/12 3:20pm 7/05/12 3:20pm

This Condom-Stashing iPhone Case Will Not Get You Laid

From the outside, the Playa Case could be a case for the non-sex-having masses. But when things start to get hot and heavy, the back panel slides away to reveal a hidden condom compartment. Finally, an iPhone case that recognizes the real problems winners like us and Australian James Dean here experience every day:… » 4/03/12 1:40pm 4/03/12 1:40pm

A Lot of Android Phones and Condoms Share the Same Name

Android phones, lovable as they may be, are idiotically named. Crap like Wildfire Incredible Sensation Vigor Touch Skyrocket Z E Pro taint otherwise decent phones. Where do Android phone makers come up with this stuff? Why from condoms! Turns out, condoms and Android phones share more than just intimate utility,… » 3/26/12 8:00pm 3/26/12 8:00pm