Latex condoms may soon become a thing of the past, replaced by condoms made out of “tough hydrogels” making safe sex more pleasurable.
Researchers at the University of Wollongong are working to replace latex condoms with a biomaterial similar to the kind used in contact lenses.
According to a press release, the self-lubricated substance possesses a “stiffness similar to body tissues,” allowing it to potentially pass on greater sensitivity to the user.
These hydrogel condoms can also be made transparent and biodegradable to enable environmentally friendly disposal.
The Verge adds:
The University of Wollongong’s efforts are funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is offering grants to those aiming to create the “next generation condoms.” Should Gorkin’s team achieve its goals, it may be awarded a $1 million follow-up grant.