Update: 13 October 2015
Skarp Razor has been suspended from Kickstarter due to the lack of a proper prototype. This comes after it had raised more than $4 million in funds from more than 20,000 backers on the crowdfunding platform. Its initial project goal was $160,000.
According to The Register, Kickstarter said in an email to Skarp Razor backers that the company had violated its rule of presenting working prototypes of physical products which are given as rewards. Also, decisions to suspend crowdfunding projects on Kickstarter cannot be overturned.
Check out the Skarp Razor product demo video below and tell us whether Kickstarter made the right call.
If you feel aggrieved about the suspension of this project and would still passionately back it, don’t worry; the controversial project has now appeared on Indiegogo, another popular crowdfunding platform.
Shaving is an inevitable task that needs to be done periodically, for men and for women. Well, unless you are keeping a beard. In shaving, you typically require the use of a razor blade and the optional shaving cream.
The Skarp Razor looks just like a traditional razor but is instead powered by a small laser which cuts through hair for an incredibly close shave without irritating to damaging the skin. Skarp founders Morgan Gustavsson and Paul Binun wanted to create a razor that can shave smoothly and doesn’t cause infection, cuts and most importantly the dreadful ingrown hairs.
Those aren’t just the benefits of a laser razor. Having a laser razor also means that there are no blades or blade heads to dispose off, making Skarp Razor environmentally friendly. According to the EPA, approximately 2 billion disposable razors are thrown away each year in the US alone. And because of the hazardous nature of these razor blades, they can’t be recycled and usually end up in land fills and garbage dumps.
Founder Gustavsson is someone who has been working in the medical and cosmetic laser industry for three decades. And get this, he is also the person who invented and patented the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), a popular technology that used for hair removal and anti-aging treatments today.
How the Skarp Razor works
Although wavelengths of light had been identified to cut through dark hair, finding a way to cut through light coloured hair was difficult. After years of research, the founders discovered a chromophore that is shared by every human, regardless of age, gender or race. This discovery of the molecule allows the laser to cut hair of any colour clean off the surface of the skin.
According to the Kickstarter page, the Skarp Razor is absolutely safe to use as the wavelength they use doesn’t emit UV and is a low power laser that doesn’t penetrate the skin.
The laser has a life of 50,000 hours and runs on a single AAA battery that can last up to a month with normal usage. The razor is also waterproof and can be use in the shower.
Now, if you will excuse us, we need to go fund this project and get a copy.