Electric Eel's Remote-Control Condom
In order to make condom use more appealing, many researchers are looking for ways to make condoms a pleasurable experience. The inventors of the Electric Eel are looking to turn them into a kind of sex toy. The Electric Eel is a digital condom prototype that, for now, is basically a sleeve with electrodes in it. These electrodes are controlled by a microcontroller — a small, programmable computer — which send low current signals that feel like vibration or tingling. Depending on the data a person chooses to stream to the Electric Eel, they can create stimulation patterns based on anything from their own breathing to a stock ticker.
Both the user and their partner can feel the stimulation. Ideally, the Electric Eel would someday be a condom with circuitry that is open source. That DIY aspect is especially important to its designers. "We think it's important that, especially with something as personal as sex, people have the ability to think about what they want and make that happen for themselves," says Paul Clifton, designer at Comingle, the company creating the Electric Eel. So far, it's just a prototype but, for those interested, there's enough of the Electric Eel made that they showed testing of it on their Indiegogo campaign page.