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Lelo gives condom design hex appeal

Lelo says Hex is thin, strong and molds to your individual shape
Lelo says Hex is thin, strong and molds to your individual shape
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The Hex condom is thin, is designed to mold to your member's shape
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The Hex condom is thin, is designed to mold to your member's shape
Hex says its design draws on graphene's thin, strong design
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Hex says its design draws on graphene's thin, strong design
The inside of the condom is raised to improve grip
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The inside of the condom is raised to improve grip
Lelo's Hex is designed to improve safety and pleasure during sex
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Lelo's Hex is designed to improve safety and pleasure during sex
Will we be seeing this package on shelves any time soon?
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Will we be seeing this package on shelves any time soon?
Hex draws on hexagons for better sex
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Hex draws on hexagons for better sex
Lelo says Hex is thin, strong and molds to your individual shape
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Lelo says Hex is thin, strong and molds to your individual shape
Hex being put to the test
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Hex being put to the test

There are times when a 98 percent success rate is acceptable, but in the world of condoms that last two percent is worth striving for. Lelo, a notable purveyor of sex toys, wants to make (adult) playtime safer and more fun with a new, hexagon-heavy condom design endorsed by none other than Charlie Sheen.

At the core of the Hex is a construction which, according to its creators, is inspired by graphene for impressive thinness and strength. Of course, honeycomb is also strong and hexagonal, as is the micrograph of a snowflake or the scute on a turtle's shell. As nice as it is to compare the shapes on your new condom to the wonder material du jour, we're going to need to see a bit more evidence before buying into that one.

Inspiration aside, Lelo says there are a few benefits to its hexagon-heavy rubbers. On the inside, the structure of the condom is raised to cut down on slippage during the act, a touch designed to maximize sensitivity. As well as trying to stop slippage, the hexagonal elements on the condom are meant to help the condom conform to each person's unique, er, shape.

Hex being put to the test
Hex being put to the test

Of course, conforming to everyone's shape isn't worth much if Hex is thicker than an army raincoat. The hexagonal web spanning the length of the condom is just 0.055mm thick, and the latex panels in between are just 0.045 mm thick, making it thicker than some of Durex's wafer-thin offerings, but thinner than the cheapest rubbers out there.

Putting all this talk about molding and thinness aside, Lelo is adamant its design is also more effective at preventing breakages and, therefore, unwanted pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases.

Lelo is currently seeking backing on Indiegogo where it has raised almost US$142,000, or 1,182 percent of its original goal with a month remaining. The cheapest way to reserve your high-tech hexagonal condoms is through the $14 Step Up pledge, although users who are particularly enamoured by the product can contribute up to $999, which will land them a mysterious Lelo gift bag (its contents aren't disclosed).

At this point, it bears mentioning that scientists are taking a number of different approaches to giving the classic condom a makeover. From using hair-thin grass to potential spray on protection, the rubber wheel has been reinvented a number of times over the past decade. If all goes to plan in Lelo land, the company will begin deliveries in August this year.

Lelo's video pitch can be viewed below.

Source: Lelo

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