Shocking Condom: The Next Generation Of Protection May Electrocute You [VIDEO]

By Ben Wolford on February 25, 2014 11:19 AM EST

One of the developers of the electric condom reacts while personally testing the device. (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube)
One of the developers of the electric condom reacts while personally testing the device. (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube)

This will either turn you on or terrify you. Either way, it may not be safe for work.

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It's called the Electric Eel, and it promises to revolutionize the condom industry, making protection more pleasurable and therefore more likely to be used. Ostensibly, the aim — according to the developers, a pair of Georgia Tech guys — is to promote safe sex. "Many individuals eschew the use of condoms during intercourse and risk deadly diseases due to diminished sensation," the narrator says. The Electric Eel is their response to a wacky Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation contest for the best new condom design.

While others reworked the construction materials, these guys wanted to try something completely different. Something digital. Something tragically similar to a dog shock collar.

"We made a soft, stimulating sleeve with conductive arrays of electrodes along the sensitive, underneath part of the shaft," they said in their video, which shows, for illustrative purposes, a cucumber wrapped in what looks like a sock puppet. This, of course, is only the prototype. Condom manufacturers would use their open-source system and embed the electrodes within a proven latex design. They've already raised $80 on Indiegogo, which is disappointing, considering a $350 donation gets you a handmade Electric Eel. They write, creepily: "I will make you one of these devices."

Here's their YouTube demo:

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