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    Posted on Sep 29, 2015

    This Laser Razor Wants To Bring Shaving Into The 21st Century

    It could make shaving suck A LOT less for everyone.

    Shaving can get pretty annoying, especially if you do it every day.

    According to the EPA, the U.S. alone disposes of 2 billion razors a year, and most can't be recycled.

    Skarp / Via kickstarter.com

    But a new company called Skarp (meaning "sharp" in Swedish) has designed an aluminum razor powered by lasers that doesn't need water to work or to be thrown out after use.

    Skarp

    The razor has already made over $1.4 million on Kickstarter, way, way more than their original goal of $160,000.

    Skarp says it's "really excited by the response so far. We knew people would be interested, but there’s always a bit of apprehension before you go public, no matter how amazing your product is."

    Skarp claims its razor, which is expected to ship early next year, reduces irritation, and doesn't cause scratches, infections, razor burn, or accidental cutting.

    Skarp / Via kickstarter.com

    It also looks pretty sexy.

    On its Kickstarter, the company explains how its razor works. The CEO has been working on laser devices since the '80s and wanted to focus on shaving but needed to revamp the technology.

    kickstarter.com

    Essentially, Skarp believes wavelengths of light can cut hair at a straighter angle to prevent razor burn or ingrown hairs.

    Oliver Pearce-Owen, the company's director of technology told BuzzFeed: "Shaving has been the same principal method for over 5,000 years – to use something sharp to cut hair. While the methods used have improved, it’s still essentially the same. Sometimes for real improvements, you need to look at something from a new angle."

    UPDATE

    Kickstarter has suspended this campaign saying in an email to backers, “We’ve concluded that it is in violation of our rule requiring working prototypes of physical products that are offered as rewards.”

    BuzzFeed has reached out for comment.

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