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Primal Ritual Steps into 21st Century…Maybe

Since the beginning of man, and since the beginning of the women standing next to them, the male half of the species as had to shave. The daily ordeal of painfully scraping off hair from the face is, and has been, one of the most unpleasant morning rituals for men all the world over. A daily hassle indeed. Not to mention the waste of water, continuous expense of shaving cream and after-shave gels, followed by skin conditioners infused with vitamins and aloe. All of this, just to counteract the irritation caused by steel scratching along dry skin. Any newly invented manner of shaving can surely beat this.
Thanks to Skarp technologies, that beastly task of using steel blades has finally stepped into the 21st century (kind of). The new Laser Razor by Skarp actually uses a laser to zap the hair from the skin (sort of).
Let me explain: According to scientists, or at least what the company’s website says, the particular wavelength of the light is specifically designed for hair, and specifically not designed for skin. That sounds pretty impressive.
As gadgets to, one nice thing about this little item is that it looks and feels just like a regular razor. The prototype shown on the company website is very sleek. The curvature of the grip, the laser itself, and the sheer flatness of the head where the laser sits looks like something from a design team at Apple, or Star Trek.
But alas, this story does not have a happy ending, at least not yet. Although the internet has been buzzing about this razor for months, as it turns out, the prototype is, shall we say… “promising”.
A thorough examination of this product was recently carried about by CNET. They sent one of their writers to visit Skarp labs in Southern California, with a camera crew. The video they took clearly shows that the “idea” of using light to cut hair is plausible. The reporter even ran the razor across a few hairs on his arm. The hairs were cut, eventually.
As seen in the video, the laser can only cut one or two hairs at a time, very slowly. There is also a small issue with the optic fiber that the laser travels across. It breaks a lot. It broke twice in the video.
Of course, the company’s engineers, who also apparently handle PR duties, say that the “how to” part of the equation has already been solved. They just need additional funding for the equipment necessary to bring production to scale. So, the company is currently seeking crowd-funding on Indiegogo and have set a first delivery date of March, 2016.
Don’t hold your breath, or stop shaving just yet. Based on what has been demonstrated so far, that date sounds a bit optimistic. The company seems determined to make it happen though, so slowly but surely, the primal ritual of shaving is finally evolving into the world of technology (almost).