Non-Apple tech products I really want: the Skarp Razor

Apple makes some of the finest products around, but it doesn’t have a monopoly on cool. For instance, the company doesn’t make a laser razor (the iShave, anyone?).

However, Skarp Technologies is working on one: the Skarp Razor. It’s powered by a small laser that purportedly cuts through hair for an incredibly close shave. The folks at Skarp Technologies say it offers a shaving experience free of irritation, razor burn, cuts and ingrown hairs.

Sharp Technologies is co-founded by Morgan Gustavsson and Paul Binun. Gustavsson has been working in the medical and cosmetic laser industry for three decades. He had the idea for a laser razor in 2001. However the laser technology at the time wasn’t available. Gustavsson spent the next decade investigating and says he made a breakthrough in 2009 with a wavelength that could cut any color hair. 

Wavelengths of light had already been discovered that could cut through dark hair, but finding a way to cut light hair proved difficult. After years of research and development, a chromophore in the hair was discovered that would be cut when hit with a particular light wavelength. 

Chromophores are particles that absorb certain wavelengths (colors) of light. This chromophore Gustavsson and the Skarp gang identified is shared by every human, regardless of age, gender or race.

The Skarp Razor is due in June 2016. Be saving your money; it will set you back $289. However, it may be worth it considering that, theoretically, you won’t have to buy any more pricey razor blades or shaving cream. It will also — again, in theory — prevent scratches, razor burn, and accidental cutting. Plus, the Skarp Razor can benefit the environment (if enough folks buy it).

How? Two billion razors or razor heads are thrown away each year in the US alone. Due to the hazardous nature of the blades, they can't be sorted and no individual municipality or district produces enough to make specialized collection cost effective. So they end up in land fills and garbage dumps. 

I’m hoping the Skarp Razor is as revolutionary as it sounds. However, the more I think about it, while the name is okay, I really like “Laser Razor” better; it just rolls off the tongue and sounds like something in Blade Runner.

Laser and Blade Runner? Get it? Oh, never mind.