Roomy Condoms Bane of Indian Men

December 9, 2006

A study by the Indian council of medical research finds that the majority of men in India have penises too small for the condoms that are sold in the country. When was the last time some obscure Indian government agency commanded mention in a bunch of major news outlets? Could their thoughts on innovation, poverty, AID’s, violence or abortion be worthy of the worlds attention? Of course not. The bit of news from the Indian Council of Medical Research that caught the attention of the press was the results of a 2 year study on the size of Indian phallus’s in the city of Mumbai. It appears that for about 60% of the men in the city have an inch of extra room when using a standard condom and for 30% of the fellas in that city 2 inches of space of extra space after an erection is not uncommon.

This whole thing got started with an article in The Times of India proclaiming that “Indian men don’t measure up“. Reuters then picked up the thread with the somewhat more dignified headline “Oversized condoms annoy Indians but this was as good as it would get. The Short News (I cant make this up) in Germany, went with the headline “Standard Condoms too big For Indian Men” and News24 in South Africa went with “Too small for your condom“. But my favorite article is from the Kanucks at eCanadaNow, which ran a story entitled “Size is to Blameaccompanied by a picture of guy hanging his head in shame and disgrace (the one above). I probably would to if I had to face the Blogospheres withering take on this.

African Innovation: Pronto Condoms

November 8, 2006

There is so much I might say about this one but then it would reveal way to much about my life (or lack thereof). The Pronto Condom is a great example of innovation at work based on needs and constraints, not process and “smarts”. South Africa has a huge problem with HIV infections, but they dont have a ton of money, huge R&D facilities or a bunch of MBA’s to “foster innovation”. And yet they seem to have found a solution to the age old problem of how to keep it up while trying to wrap it up.

According to this report difficulty getting on a condom is a huge limiting factor in condom use. Given the limited resources in South Africa, the dire problems with HIV and ingenuity of the people that they came up with this simply solution is not surprising. Note that it doent require new materials, new machines or new processes to make.

On the marking side I’m not sure the term pronto is the right association you want with your condom. Check out the amazing demo here