For most men, shaving facial hair is a mundane task that they undergo out of compulsion. Women who use a razor for shaving underarms and legs, it comes with its own set of problems. But what if a razor promises a close shave without any possibility of razor burns, irritation, or the hassle of using shaving gels/creams? Skarp, a futuristic laser based razor promises exactly this.
No More Blades
Morgan Gustavsson and Paul Binun of Skarp Technologies have invented a laser powered razor that does not have any blades. The razor, named Skarp, is the first of its kind razor set to revolutionize the shaving and personal grooming industry. For decades, razor makers have just been adding more blades to the razors in name of innovation, which is set to change with the introduction of Skarp.
How Skarp Works
Skarp uses a laser of particular wavelength that targets only certain chromophores (colored molecules) found in unwanted body hairs. Though laser has been found effective on dark colored hairs in the past, the Swedish duo was able to identify the specific wavelength of the laser that can effectively target light colored hairs as well. As the laser in Skarp targets specific color molecules, the age, race, or sex of the user has no bearing on the results.
The Apparent Benefits
Incredibly close shave is not the only benefit that Skarp has to offer. The razor promises:
- No scratches
- No need of using water, shaving gel or cream
- No razor burns
- No itching or accidental cutting
- No need of replacing cartridges or blades
- No possibility of infection
- Environmentally friendly design
Moreover, as there is no need to replace worn out cartridges or blades, which apart from saving significant amount of money also saves the environment which is polluted by discarded blades and cartridges. One estimate suggests that around 2 billion blades find their way into garbage dumps as they are not able to be safely recycled.
Soon in Markets
Makers of Skarp decided to raise money on Kickstarter and have managed to raise more than $2 million in less than a week. The razor will go into commercial production soon and will hit shelves sometime early next year.