While some young teens choose to spend their time watching TV and obsessing over their celeb crush (heck, that's not just teens), there's a specific group of boys who are truly taking innovative steps to create a healthier, cleaner environment.
A healthier, cleaner sexual environment, that is.
Muaz Nawaz, Daanyaal Ali, and Chirag Shah, a group of 13 and 14-year-old students from London's Isaac Newton Academy, wanted to "make detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before" without having to go through testing. So they created "smart" condoms.
"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," 14-year-old Ali said. "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."
Their invention, cleverly named the S.T.EYE, is a condom that glows a different color if an STD is detected. No secrets here, guys!
According to reports, 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.
The creation of S.T.EYE earned the young teens the top health innovation prize at the city's TeenTech Awards, which included £1,000 and a trip to Buckingham Palace, where they'll recieve their prize.
The TeenTech Awards are intended to promote science, engineering, and technology in schools. At the competition, groups of kids ranging in age from 11 to 16 attempt to create "technology to make life better, simpler or easier."
But don't rush out to buy your pack of smart condoms just yet. A spokesperson for TeenTech tells the Daily Dot they're "very much a concept and...not a finalized design."