Good for them!
IMHO, this is shaping up to be a non-laser-assisted fleecing of major proportions.
I'm no Richard Feynman, but I'm pretty sure something that'll take off hair in a jiffy isn't going to be hand-held.
KickStarter has suspended funding for the Skarp Laser Razor, a crowdfunded effort to replace conventional razors with a laser-powered shaving implement. Reg readers have shared a KickStarter communique in which the crowdfunding platform says “we’ve concluded that it is in violation of our rule requiring working prototypes of …
Hit the right nitrogen ionization frequency with a none to major energy and you'll do hair just fine. This also works for a wireless Taser. What they should do is take a look at the optical transistor (article in Scientific American back in the 80's as I recall). Pulse modulate the input. Basically it acts like an accumulator for light. (And if you really step it up, there's a neat material for that from Corning.)
That's one method.
Because if you're aiming for nitrogen the frequency you need is in the far ultraviolet, which makes it even more dangerous than a CO2 infrared laser.
And if you're aiming for CO2 - might as well if you're burning things - you're not going to fit a useful one into something the size of a blade head.
And even if you could, giving yourself burns instead of small bleeding razor cuts isn't the best idea ever.
KS have done the right thing. If these people discover Magic New Miracle Technology[tm] and build a working prototype with it, then they can think about asking for cash.
Until they do this has "Scam" written all over it in glowing and rather warm letters.
I would rather my bathroom not stink of burnt hair, and I would definitely prefer a small shaving cut, than a small 3rd degree burn due to a misaligned head (either mine, or the razors).
Not to mention the immediate clamor from unfunny morons demanding the handle be made to look like a shark.
I would rather my bathroom not stink of burnt hair
It won't. It doesn't burn the hair, but "cuts" certain molecules which bind the hair together.
I would definitely prefer a small shaving cut, than a small 3rd degree burn due to a misaligned head
You'd get neither, because IIRC this laser isn't even powerful enough to be considered dangerous to look directly at.
It's a plastic fibre. I think this 'works' (*) by using the laser for it's property of being a single-frequency light source, not for being a straight narrow beam. Apparently the frequency is chosen to affect a certain molecule in the hair or something.
(*) for very loose definitions of works.
Oh wow. Thank you for the epic review link. :)
[The] video from the project's KickStarter page suggests there is a prototype in existence, but not a very effective one: the device does knock off a few hairs, but is a long way short of the experience of pulling a conventional razor down one's skin and having the majority of hairs beneath the blade cleft.
Isn't that the very definition of a prototype? Something which proves the concept, but needs more work to become a finished product?
"Isn't that the very definition of a prototype?"
No. It isn't. A prototype should do everything the final version is supposed to do, as the final version is expected to do it, without necessarily being made up from the actual components of the final version in their final form of assembly. If it's a production prototype, the only difference is actually not having one beeelion of them only the first (few). In other words, it can be a breadboard with a laser pointer and a bunch of loose wires, but it has to shave exactly like the final one is expected to.
Erm, nope, it isn't a near final version. By definition it's a first, or early version of a device/application etc.
Here's the formal definition (Oxford Dictionary):
* A first or preliminary version of a device or vehicle from which other forms are developed.
* The first, original, or typical form of something; an archetype.
Ah Indiegogo will take anyone, they aren't fussy.
No doubt it will be 'flexible funding', just in case, and also it will then be 'in demand' so they can keep raking it in.
I would trust Kickstarter over Indiegogo any day as at least Kickstarter do listen if there are a number of complaints. Indiegogo will completely ignore them and will claim as long as they follow the terms and conditions of the site they won't do anything (even if the creators don't follow the terms and conditions they won't actually do anything).
Unfortunately there is so many chancers and fraudsters on crowdfunding, especially Indiegogo, with little comeback you are better off saving your cash, seeing the end product reviewed and paying full price for it.In the long term you will save more money.
I was a backer and I was getting more and more disturbed by their videos. 1. none of them were clean shaven which made me concerned they were taking the piss. 2. The videos seemed more like pranks done by students than real scientists. When the notification came that it had been discontinued I was relieved as I was beginning to think the whole thing was a scam.
It shows how much people hate shaving but want a clean shave.
I signed up knowing it was externally powered but believed the money needed would make a viable device in mass production.
Alas, back to the water, soap and a sharp blade for me. Still the modern blades beats the hell out the single blade safety razor I started with and I'm really glad I didn't need to learn how to use a cut-throat razor like my old man showed off with. Yes, he used a safety razor most of the time.
Alas, back to the water, soap and a sharp blade for me
Same here. I stopped at 3 blade heads, though, because the prices were getting ridiculous (and the Gillette blades I bought last are as far as I can tell blunt straight out of the package, so I switched to Wilkinson which also seem to last about 3x as long. Weird).
I do occasionally use an electric razor, but it's rare - a proper blade works best for me.
Switched to a German Merkur safety razor and Astra Platinum razor blades at 100 for a tenner and got a better shave.
This is the way to go. Any decent quality double-edge razor from 55+ years ago will last your life, the life of your son, and probably HIS son - and more. The Merkur is a great one you can get today brand new. The Feather is an excellent blade, as well. I never got suckered into disposables or multi-blades. The idea was stupid. Plastic doesn't give you any heft; no momentum. I have EXTREMELY tough wiry bristles on my chin and upper lip.
Can I strongly suggest you try The Bearded Colonel? Superbly sharp razors at a fraction of the "usual suspects"
I'm not going to put a link as I've done this as an altruistic recommendation and the one I have has a referral code embedded.
I'd be more impressed with the KickStarter ban had they managed somehow to recover the funds raised so far and return them to the original punters. But am assuming this is not the case so perhaps not the most effective deterrent. But the message KS is sending reads rather more like "Just take all that dirty money and get out of here right now!"
If it hasn't completed its funding campaign, then nobody's actually been charged. Kickstart doesn't take the money but requires people backing a project to preauthorise an Amazon Payments account for the amount they're pledging. If the campaign is successful a payment request is then submitted against that account. Up until the campaign deadline is finished, you can withdraw your pledge. Meaning, nobody who'd backed the project has actually had any money taken from them so far.
For what it's worth, Indiegogo functions in a similar fashion - with the key difference last time I checked being that Indiegogo will still hand over the cash even if the campaign doesn't reach its target. The campaign still needs to finish before payments are made, though.
I chuck in a fiver on Indiegogo, what the worst that could happen, they take their prototype laser razor that can cut a few hairs over a couple minutes to a final product that can shave my face in a few minutes and put it on general sale and I spend 300 quid on a Laser razor. I spent 300 quid on worse things.
I have this picture in my head of Sean Connery strapped to a table in Goldfinger's lair struggling to prevent his privates from being torched.
I'm afraid it will be difficult for me to exorcise this image when I'm in Boots or wherever kitting myself up with shaving supplies in the future.
Even the sexy Shark Lazor Razor packaging and seductive TV commercials suggesting I will get laid more would not prevent my hand opting for a blade only option.
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