Though they may get a bad rap at times, there are plenty of teenagers out there who are focused. There are many teens out in the world innovating and inventing new products that will entertain or benefit society in some way. The latest teens to do so are Muaz Nawaz, Daanyaal Ali, and Chirag Shah. They are students at Isaac Newton Academy in London and have recently taken a top prize at the city’s TeenTech Awards. The team conceptualized condoms that can detect sexually transmitted diseases and change colors to indicate which STD the user has.
The S.T.EYE condom took home the prize for top health innovation at the TeenTech Awards, a competition to promote science, engineering and technology in schools. Groups of kids, aged 11-16 compete in attempts to use “technology to make life better, simpler or easier.”
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The condom uses a built-in indicator that changes to a different color depending on the bacteria or infection it detects. The students said it may glow green for chlamydia, yellow for herpes, purple for human papillomavirus, or blue for syphilis.
14-year-old Daanyaal Ali said, “We wanted to make something that make 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.”
The S.T.EYE condom still has some kinks to work out before it goes to market, but the boys will enjoy a $1,000 prize and a trip to Buckingham Palace where they will be honored.