A small company called Origami Condoms is hoping to reinvent the traditional condom to provide users with a stress-free, pleasurable experience. The California-based company has already gotten praise for its out-of-the-box concept and will soon bring its product to the world. Here's what you should know.
1. It's Easy to Put On
Unlike the traditional condom that rolls up when used, the origami condom is folded up and moves along with a person's body. Putting it on would take less than three seconds — much faster than a latex condom. The new concept is that the condom will be like a loose-fit cover that is easy to remove after intercourse. Founder Danny Resnic told The Huffington Post that the new origami condom will bring more sexual sensation between partners. "We are trying to create a condom that feels great and is much closer to the real deal to encourage people to use them."
2. It's Inspired by the Art of Japanese Paper Folding
What distinguishes the origami condom from an ordinary one is its design, which derives from the Japanese art form known for creating designs through folding paper. The new condom is shaped like an accordion and will make the sexual experience more comfortable, according to Resnic. The origami condom is made from super-supple silicone, which allows the condom to endure intense motion without tearing up.
3. The Gates Foundation Blogged About It
The origami condom already has many interested companies willing to fund this project, notably the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Last month, the Gates Foundation called the new condom a leading innovator for sexual health on its blog. The foundation is offering $100,000 to companies that can redesign the condom as part of a campaign for global health initiatives. "Origami Condoms provides an excellent example of a private enterprise focused on new condom design to promote consistent use by emphasizing the sexual experience," the blog post states.
4. The Company is Using Kickstarter to Raise Funds
Many different groups are already eager to get their hands on these new innovative gloves. The company has already invested $3 million to research and develop the new redesigned condom. Their website states that they would be running a Kickstarter campaign later this month to raise money for an advertising campaign.
5. It Will Probably Release in 2015
With the origami condoms still running clinical tests, the condoms will likely not be available for customers until 2015. The condoms must be tested before they can be approved by the FDA. A price has not been set, but participants in a study conducted by Origami said they were willing to pay more than $7 for a condom. Danny Resnic believes that people would be willing to pay just to use this innovative rubber. "It’s a shift from protection to pleasure. Our focus is on making condom experience more pleasurable than anyone imagined possible," he said.