Skarp, now on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, tries a different approach: no blades at all. The idea is to replace the blades by a laser that will never get blunt. To good to be true? Some people seem to think so.
Wavelengths of light that can cut dark-colored hair were already known, but finding a way to cut light-colored hair was proving to be difficult. The Skapr team has finally found a solution in the shape of a chromophore present in hair that would cut the hair when hit with a particular light wavelength. A chromophore is the part of a molecule that is responsible for its color. Every living person on the planet, regardless of age, gender or race, possesses the hair-cutting chromophore, making the laser razor a universal solution.
The Skarp razor is said to have many benefits. To list a few:
- Very close shave
- No razor burn
- No irritation, itch, etc.
- No effort
- No water needed
- No cartridges to replace
But what about the smell of burned hair? And, more importantly, what about reality? For the moment the Skarp team does not have a working prototype, the reason why their previous Kickstarter campaign was suspended after raising four million dollars. Some people think that Skarp is nothing more than a scam to crowdfund the team's fast cars and holidays on tropical islands. Is Skarp too good to be true?