Date: Thu, 16 Jun 94 14:03:53 PDT
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ROME (Reuter) - An Italian physics student is ringing the
changes with a condom that plays classical music if it splits
``When a condom breaks you need to be warned urgently so
that it can be changed in time. Mine will do it with a quick
burst of Beethoven,'' amateur inventor Lino Missio, 26, said
``I've got a prototype and it works just fine.''
Missio, who studies in Genoa, said his musical condom, which
he patented this week, was coated with a special compound whose
ability to conduct electricity changed when the condom splits.
A minute, flexible microchip at the base of the condom
measures any changes in the condom's electrical properties and
sounds the alarm.
``It needn't just play music. You could get it to give you a
verbal warning,'' Missio told Reuters. He said he was looking
for a company to help him develop and market his invention.
© 1994 Peter Langston