These days you can track just about anything with the aid of a wearable device — your steps, your calories burned, and even how soundly you sleep at night. So, it makes sense that you should also be able to measure what your penis gets up to during sex. That's precisely what the i.Con aims to achieve. The i.Con (manufactured by British Condoms) is a wearable condom ring which uses a nano-chip and sensors to measure and remember a number of different variables during sex.
Bluntly put, those variables include penis girth and the "average velocity" and total number of thrusts, as well as other useful info, such as calories burned, average skin temperature and the frequency of sex sessions.
Once your session is completed, you can use the i.Con app (for iPhone and Android) to download your recent data using the integrated micro USB port. You can also plug the device into your computer or mains to charge it up for next time.
The ring is designed to sit at the base of the penis. Its manufacturers claim that — if used with a condom — it will fasten the condom in place and prevent it from slipping. The ring is made from a strong synthetic rubber and contains a small, waterproof carbon fibre unit which houses the tech.
A spokesperson for i.Con said that the device won't affect sensation for the wearer or their sexual partner. "You will not know that the i.Con is there, it’s extremely lightweight and non-invasive," the spokesperson said.
The developers behind the i.Con claim it doubles up as an STI indicator, but this additional status is in the final stages of medical testing and is yet to be confirmed. i.Con also , the device has an "antibodies filter," which sends an alert to the smartphone when it detects proteins or antigens found in STIs.
The i.Con is available for pre-order for UK customers for £59.99 ($73.58), and the product will be rolled internationally if there's enough demand.