Such Smooth Balls: A Hair Razor That Cuts With A Laser

September 30, 2015

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The Skarp Laser Razor is a $190 razor that cuts hair with a laser instead of a blade. It's an already funded Kickstarter campaign (they've collected more than $2,000,000 with an intial goal of $160,000), presumably because people are tired of nicking their balls trying to shave them to impress a lover. How does it work? GOOD QUESTION. An even better question: WILL it work?

Wavelengths of light had already been discovered that could cut through dark hair, but finding a way to cut light hair was proving incredibly difficult.


After years of research & development, they discovered a chromophore in the hair that would be cut when hit with a particular light wavelength.

Chromophores are particles that absorb certain wavelengths (colors) of light.

This chromophore they identified is shared by every human, regardless of age, gender or race.

I'm just curious to see how well it works once it's out (allegedly shipping March 2016). Because $190 is a steal to never have to buy or throw away another razor again. The laser is supposed to last 50,000 hours, run on a single AA battery that lasts a month with normal use, and can be used just as fast if not faster than a regular razor. Is this really the future? Why was there only one second of questionable laser hair-cutting featured in the video? Why does everybody involved with the product have a beard? I smell something fishy. Just kidding, I smell hair burning.

Keep going for their Kickstarter video, and, for the record, they say say the laser isn't actually burning the hair so it won't smell.

Thanks to Geoff, sam and PVLV, who shave the old fashioned way: with a sharpened rock. Okay now you guys are hardcore.

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