The Skarp Razor wants to change how you've been shaving for the last 5,000 years with lasers. Although that prospect might sound frightening, creators Morgan Gustavsson and Paul Binun have produced a futuristic device that’s actually better for your skin than traditional shaving methods—it reduces irritation while delivering an incredibly close shave. It does this thanks to a small laser, which cuts through the hair when it identifies a particular chromophore (a particle that absorbs certain wavelengths of light) embedded in the strand. This characteristic is shared by all humans, regardless of their age or race, so the razor will work for everyone.
Besides saving skin from cuts and burns, the Skarp razor is eco-friendly. Its design is cartridge-less, so there’s no need to buy or replace expensive blades. As a result, this saves nearly two billion razors from being thrown away each year. The Skarp also uses little-to-no water, which helps conserve the valuable resource and allows you to shave anywhere.
The aluminum-built razors are now available for pre-order through Skarp’s wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. So far, they’ve raised over two million dollars and still have over two weeks left. The expected delivery date for their first shipment is in March 2016.