We tried the laser razor so you don't have to
A razor that cuts with a laser sounds like something out of a kitschy sci-fi movie, right up there with jetpacks and hoverboards in terms of gadgets that shouldn't exist. But when the Skarp Lazor Razor promised a silky-smooth, irritation-free laser shaving experience on Kickstarter, fans wanted to believe. The founders managed to raise $4 million from some 25,000 would-be buyers.
Skarp never saw a cent. After commenters across the Internet raised concerns that the laser razor might be a scam, Kickstarter decided to pull the plug. Even though no Kickstarter rep or outside observer had ever gone to see whether the laser razor actually worked, that $4 million went back to the backers.
Why? Kickstarter's rules require gadget startups to show off a working prototype. And even though Skarp did later show a video of the device in action, Kickstarter wasn't convinced. "We took a closer look and decided that the prototype didn't meet our standards," a Kickstarter representative said. So the crowdfunding website decided to forfeit its $200,000 cut of the profits.
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