A revolutionary laser razor promises to last 50,000 hours and to make shaving much more convenient and effective.
The Skarp Laser Razor, powered by Skarp Technologies, has been added to Kickstarter, a global crowdfunding platform for creative projects. The inventors behind the device are Morgan Gustavsson and Paul Binun.
Gustavsson has been active in the medical and cosmetic laser industry for 3 decades, and in 1989 he was the mastermind behind Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). This technology is hugely popular nowadays for hair removal, skin rejuvenation and dermatological treatments.
The new Skarp device allows users to shave their faces with lasers instead of blades. This may mark the end of common annoyances associated with razor blades, such as cuts, ingrown hairs and burning irritation.
Moreover, resorting to this method may also be much more convenient than traditional shaving, which involves constantly investing money in shavers and blades. The laser included in the Skarp gadget is estimated to have a 50,000 hour lifespan, whereas regular, disposable blades have to be changed at least once a week.
Turning to laser instead of conventional ways of grooming may also result in lower impact on the environment. According to estimations made by the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans discard 2 billion disposable razors every year, which can’t be recycled and therefore contribute to greater landfills.
In addition, according to the inventors of the product, the laser poses no risk to people’s health, because it’s a low-frequency model and it does not emit UV radiation. Therefore, consumers can use it safely, without fearing they may damage their retina if they turn it by accident towards their eyes.
The aluminium device causes no harm to skin either, because the design impedes the laser from actually entering into the body and infiltrating into the pores.
What Skarp actually does is melt the hair follicles from the skin’s surface without damaging the tissues. The innovative razor, which promises an incredibly close shave and no roughness, doesn’t result in burns either, and it has no smell.
The device functions using an AAA battery, which guarantees approximately one month of regular use. Moreover, a shaving session with Skarp lasts just as long as regular ones which require normal blades. Skarp is waterproof, so users can easily take it with them in the shower.
The project, which promises to bring 21st century shaving to the market, was added to Kickstarter on September 21, in order to seek crowfunding of $160,000.
However, it achieved that goal in just 2 days and investments have continued to pour. Until now, it has already raised more than $1,088,000 on the platform and 19 days remain for it to attract even more funds.
So far, the creative idea has 6,757 backers and it appears its popularity will continue to skyrocket, as the project gains greater media exposure. It is expected that the Skarp laser razor will retail at $159, and the products will be shipped starting from March 2016.
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