Laser razor zapped off Kickstarter, gets new life on Indiegogo
A futuristic razor that promises to shave with lasers and raised millions on Kickstarter gets kicked off the site for not having a fully functional prototype. But it's found a new home on Indiegogo.
CNET freelancer Anthony Domanico is passionate about all kinds of gadgets and apps. When not making words for the Internet, he can be found watching Star Wars or "Doctor Who" for like the zillionth time. His other car is a Tardis.
In a statement provided to CNET, a Kickstarter spokesperson said that "we encourage creators to bring early-stage and ambitious ideas to Kickstarter, as those are often the ideas that are most in need of support. But we require that, from the beginning, backers are given a realistic sense of where the project stands in the development process."
The company did show off a crude prototype of a device that was made free-hand in the team's lab, though that model was barely able to cut through a few pieces of hair on the demonstrator's wrist. Skarp says the reason the demo video looks so bad is that the lab-based prototype is meant to be only a proof-of-concept, but the project requires rigidly mounted fiber that can be achieved only through mass production. You can see the video below and judge for yourself.
Despite the suspension, Skarp's founders appear to be undeterred. Less than a day after the Kickstarter ban-hammer came down, a new campaign for the Skarp Laser Razor surfaced on Indiegogo, and has already raised over $100,000 (about £65,500, AU$137,500) toward its goal of $160,000 (about £105,000, AU$220,000) with 13 days to go in the campaign.