April 2, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- One of the most guarded projects in
over the last 7 years was not on the Harry Potter set or at the next episode of Breaking Bad. There has been a more closely guarded project with a development team a few blocks south of SONY Studios in a secured fortress, a former impenetrable, high security communications center in the non-descript, brick EDG building in
Culver City, CA.
The high security location required access by fingerprint and iris recognition systems, in addition to pass codes that changed every 24 hours. It's a place where surveillance cameras followed the research and development staff 24/7 while concept sketches, CAD drawings and rapid prototypes were routinely shredded and incinerated in order to contain the potential for news leaks.
Why the intrigue and high drama with daily passcode changes, sworn allegiance, and confidentiality agreements? Why all the security measures and cameras in place? Adjacent to the former MGM backlot where Dorothy and the Scarecrow strolled down the yellow brick road, a different type of Wizard has been at work with an innovative design team that has required a tight lipped (no pun intended) mandate about their work since 2005.
It was revealed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (
, that the ORIGAMI Condom has been in development of the world's next generation condom. The Gates Foundation noted that
provides an excellent example of a private enterprise focused on new condom design to promote consistent use by emphasizing the sexual experience. The idea of a condom that men [and women] would prefer to no condom is a revolutionary idea, but we know more today about sexual function than at any time in the past, and advances in relevant disciplines such as neuroscience, vascular biology, urology, reproductive biology, materials science, and other fields can contribute to new and unconventional approaches."
Why the sudden interest in a next-gen condom? There are three primary reasons; 1. They were invented in 1918 for protection, not for pleasure, 2. Nobody liked using latex condoms then and nobody likes them now almost 100 years later, and 3. Condom use has diminished over the last two years (reasons 1 & 2).