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Friday, March 24, 2006

Power Law : Moore’s Law Of Shaving Razors

Courtesy of Businessinnovationinsider saw this article on the power law for razors.

The Economist has a hilarious article on the trend of increasing number of blades inside shaving razors.
For those who think that Gillette's five-bladed Fusion is the end of the road for razor-blade escalation – the surprising news is that more blades may seem impossible for the moment—though strictly speaking the Fusion has six, because it has a single blade on its flip-side for tricky areas—but anyone of a gambling persuasion might want to examine the relationship between how many blades a razor has, and the date each new design was introduced. The relationship chart suggests shavers are going to get more blades whether they need them or not. The article wonders whether just like Moore's law — the observation that computer chips double in power every 18 months or so—it seems that technology as well as marketing determines the rate at which new blades are introduced. If mathematical trends can be relied upon, then power law shows there may be a 14-bladed razor by 2100. Was just wondering how much of software and silicon would also get inside a razor by then! And we all know that the spate of recent innovations here are anything but a hyperbole.

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