Have you ever wanted to know how you are in bed, sexually speaking? But, it's not like you're going to have friends come over to watch and give you feedback, right?! "That was a '10'!" or "That was a '7!" Now, a condom ring can rate your performance in bed — plus, detect STIs like chlamydia and syphilis. What is this magical new device, you may be wondering. It's from British Condoms and is called the i.Con Smart Condom Ring, due out later this year. It's dubbed, "the world's first smart condom," and rightfully so, from the sounds of it. Basically, it wants to be like a FitBit for your sex life.
"This is the condom ring of the 21st century," Dr. Michael Krychman, Executive Director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship Medicine and co-author of The Sexual Spark: 20 Essential Exercises to Reignite the Passion, tells Bustle. "It can track stats, including girth measurements, calories burnt, and, more importantly, signals the wearer for pending concerns for sexually transmitted diseases. The Smart Condom Ring has the potential to change the landscape of how we teach our young adults about sexuality and sex education — safer sex is smarter sex." In addition, i.Con tracks the duration of intercourse and number of thrusts. Technology, huh?
How Does It Work?
The ring is worn ~in addition to~ a condom, not instead of, and works for up to eight hours (!) from a single charge. As for the stats mentioned above, the ring is embedded with a nanochip that communicates with a smartphone app via Bluetooth. Data can also be shared with other users worldwide — anonymously or not. Why not compare and contrast?! Won't you be curious how it works for others, too?
Adam Leverson, lead engineer on the i.Con project, said in a press release:
"It's truly a revolutionary day. Not only have we innovated the world's first Smart Condom Ring that'll measure pretty much every aspect of performance in the bedroom, but now I'm pleased to confirm that it will also have built-in indicators to alert the users to any potential STIs present."
ICYMI, the ring itself was actually announced last summer, but the STI advancement is a new feature to the product, and an important one at that.
When And Where Can You Get One?
The ring is currently in its final stages of testing (can you imagine being in that focus group?) and will be out later this year. You can check out British Condoms' website and even register to get the product before the general public does. If you're curious about how many people have already registered, British Condoms said there are 96,000 pre-registrations so far.
How Much Does It Cost?
The price of the i.Con is £59.99, approximately $75.00. It definitely doesn't seem like a high price to pay, but sex stats and safe sex stats? Yes, please. If you think about the prevalence of STDs, this can also be a bit scary — to read i.Con's results and discover your sexual partner has an STI, especially one he or she did not tell you about. But, knowledge is power. And, like Dr. Krychman said above, "safer sex is smarter sex."
So there you have it — the way technology can, and will, revolutionize sex as you know it. TBH, are you surprised that a sexual fitness tracker is in the works? All things considered, I am not, though it's still quite impressive. And, if you're curious, you can try it for yourself and see!