The main detractor of condoms is that they decrease sensation in the penis, sometimes even making it difficult to perform. So, if a condom didn’t decrease sensation, there wouldn’t be much of a reason to avoid using it and not practicing safe sex. That’s the direction where the creator of the “Electric Eel” is going in.
Andrew Quitmeyer has developed an open source digital condom that delivers a mild electric stimulation to the wearer’s penis. He named it after the electric eel (from the ocean) – that also shocks people and other fish. Only this eel delivers a pleasurable shock!
The current prototype is built with a conductive fabric and Lilypad microcontroller. A small battery sends a small shock through the bottom of the condom in order to provide stimulation to the underside of the penis.
The electric currents are manipulated by a microcontroller connected to the condom and operated by the user, or by “various Internet APIs” accessed from a mobile device. Men would get to determine the exact stimulation that they want. Sounds like fun to me and it would give safe sex an upgrade.
The development team have personally tested the Electric Eel themselves. The campaign is only in very early stages. It was an Indiegogo project last February (2014) and if you paid them $350 or more, you would get a handmade electric eel. Looks like they didn’t reach their goal of $10,000. (They only raised $1,750.)
That is a real shame because I think that it would definitely encourage more men to volunteer to wear protection. Men are acting like big babies about getting their penis shocked right now. But, I bet that it will become more traditional in a few years. I know from personal experience that an electric vibrator is essential to my sanity. Guys are just too chicken to explore the parameters of ecstasy.