Behold, the future of razors: an eco-friendly laser
The future of razors may have just arrived, and it involves lasers. Because, ya know, lasers are the future, obvs.
A Kickstarter campaign from a company known as Skarp, is seeking funding for a new type of razor that uses a specific wavelength of light to remove hair.
According to Skarp, the razor works because of the discovery of a specific particle, known as a chromophore, which breaks hair when hit with a specific wavelength of light.
Certain wavelengths of light have been shown in the past to be able to cut darker hair, but it couldn’t affect light colored hair. This specific chromophore is found in all human hair, regardless of color. It doesn’t burn the hair off, it simply hits the particle, causing the hair to fall off. Since it doesn’t enter the skin, there’s no risk of damage to the face (or legs, or whatever part of your body you use it on – we don’t judge).
Just think of the pranks you can pull off with a razor like this. You can give a sleeping friend a Mohawk without ever waking them up. And really, that’s the dream.
There is a catch, of course, but it really isn’t a big one. The pricing for the laser razer, at least based on the Kickstarter rewards, starts at $89. Or it would, but that tier of reward is currently sold out. So is the next at $139, and the $159 tier only has around 500 out of 4,000 left.
In total, Skarp was seeking $160,000. As of the time of this writing, the campaign has earned over $1.4 million with 19 days to go.
The campaign is meant to help with mass production and fine tuning, and assuming everything goes well, Skarp will begin to ship its razor in March 2016.
While it’s cool in its own right to tell people that you shave with a laser like a boss, there’s another good reason to own one of these. The Skarp razor can last 50,000 hours, and is powered by a single AAA battery (which can be rechargeable, but that’s up to you). When you consider that a new razor can cost $30 and a five pack of razors can run $25 or more, $89 doesn’t seem unreasonable at all.
It also means less waste, which is always a good thing.
You don’t need to use shaving cream, and no water is required so there is no chemical waste either, just your hair, which is hopefully biodegradable. If not, you should see a doctor. Or a mad scientist. Maybe go fight crime or something.
All of that combines to make for a razor that almost incidentally is significantly more environmentally friendly than any others on the market (minus expensive electric razors).
Check it out below, and hurry if you want to be one of the first to get one of these. If not, you’ll probably see a few of them under the tree come Christmas 2016.