"Laser Razor" isn't just fun to say; it's also the shaving tool of the future. Tech start-up Skarp has invented a laser hair removal tool that literally slices hair away for a super smooth and space age-y shave.
The prototypes are 3D-printed, and look pretty much exactly like a standard razor: "The design was really important to us. We wanted something familiar yet completely different," the Skarp team says on its Kickstarter page.
I would have loved to report to you how many backers it's gotten since the Kickstarter fundraiser went live on September 25th, and by how many (millions of) dollars it exceeded its $160,000 goal, but the numbers kept ticking away literally in front of my eyes - lets just say that so far, it's increased more than ten-fold.
Skarp, which is Swedish for "sharp", plans to deliver goods by March 2016. The laser-makers definitely incentivized early pledges on Kickstarter. The first two hundred backers were able to score first dibs on a laser for $89, and prices scaled up to $139, and then $159 until each tier sold out. There are currently still options at $189 for one, $299 for two, and $449 for four available.
Here comes the eco-friendly part: Skarp can be used wet, but it actually doesn't require water. That can definitely cut shower time in half, if not more. Now of course there are those that could argue that holding a laser to your face seems, um, dangerous. But literally so is a razor blade, by definition. Skarp's lasers don't emit UV rays, which by now we all know are super damaging to the skin and eyes, and unlike with traditional shaving, you won't have to worry about nicks, razor burn, or dryness. (And sidebar: Wonder if these are easier to get onto airplanes? That could save me a lot of checked baggage fees...!) Aside from the initial fee, which is considerably higher than a disposable razor, a Skarp will last up to about 50,000 hours, so it more than pays for itself in usage.
The guys behind Skarp aren't just some dudes with a 3D printer and a light-saber fetish; Morgan Gustavsson MBBS, has been working in the medical & cosmetic laser industry for three decades. He invented IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) in the late 80's, a method of hair removal that is still used today.
As the Skarp guys point out, "It's time to bring shaving to the 21st Century." Even though we got up to about five razor blades at some point there, it's true: "Shaving has been the same for 5,000 years."
Skarp has yet to release a video of the laser being used by an actual person, which I, along with a handful of overzealous social media trolls on the brand's Facebook page, are eager to see, but according to the Kickstarter page, it's an incredibly smooth shave and is safe to use.
It'll be out well before bikini season next year, so let's see!