Saturday, October 17, 2015

Smart Electronic Cigarette Insights from Patents

Virtual Reality Smoking System
Smoking virtual cigarette video
Electronic simulated smoking devices, commonly known as e-cigarettes or e-cigs, came into being in the early 1960's. An electronic cigarette is smoked by heating the liquid nicotine to create a tobacco-flavored aerosol or the real tobacco to volatilize tobacco flavors. These simulated smoking devices have grown in acceptance and popularity because it is believed that they are less toxic to the user than the conventional method of inhaling a desired active ingredient through burning a source of that ingredient and inhaling the products of that combustion, including carcinogens. Without the toxic products of combustion being present, there is a greatly reduced concern about "secondhand smoke," as well. They have also grown in popularity due to people's fascination with gadgetry.

US20070006889 illustrates a virtual or augmented reality smoking system. In a virtual or augmented reality smoking system, a smoker can experience a virtual reality of smoking by puffing on a (preferably unlit) smoking article or a model of a smoking article. The smoking system also can include a flavor release mechanism so that the virtual smoker can experience a simulated taste or aroma of tobacco while simultaneously viewing a generated virtual image of a smoldering smoking article along with other virtual images, such as smoke being exhaled and alternatively, sidestream smoke being emitted. Additionally, a smoker's environment may also be provided with simulated or virtual images to give the experience of smoking in a setting of the smoker's choice (virtual reality), such as at a home-setting, a lounge of a cigar-store or the like. Alternatively, the image of a smoking article can have a virtual image of a burning tip or smoke superimposed on a live or natural image of the smoker's environment so as to produce an augmented reality.

Electronic Smoking Device for Monitoring Smoking Habits

Smokers, who try to reduce their smoking or who would like to monitor their smoking habits for clinical studies, have to personally monitor and record their smoking habits. US20150142387 illustrates an electronic smoking device that can detect, monitor and log smoking activity related data using communication link. US20140202477 illustrates an intelligent electronic cigarette that can wirelessly connect to a mobile app which is in turn connected to cloud services. The intelligent electronic cigarette enables a user to control his/her electronic tobacco smoking by monitoring what is shown on the mobile app.

Electronic Smoking Device with Haptic Feedback
US20150020825 illustrates an electronic smoking device adapted to provide haptic feedback that indication of the status of the electronic smoking article to a user. The smoking article comprises a housing that includes a haptic feedback component, such as a vibration transducer. The smoking article can be formed of a control body and/or a cartridge, and the haptic feedback component can be present in any one or both of the control body and the cartridge. The haptic feedback component is adapted to generate a waveform that defines a status of the electronic smoking article. Such tactile indication can be provided in addition to a further indication, such as a visual or audio indication.

Wearable Electronic Smoking Device
US20150264978 illustrates a wearable electronic smoking device that includes an elongated tubular body. The tubular body has an air inlet formed a suction opening and a fluid flow path there between. The smoking device also includes a fluid reservoir disposed in the tubular body for providing a supply of a liquid smoking composition. Further, the smoking device includes a nebulization chamber disposed in fluid communication with the fluid reservoir and the fluid flow path for dispensing a vapor of the liquid smoking composition to the fluid flow path. The smoking device further includes a sensor disposed in fluid communication with the fluid flow path for detecting an inhalation by the user. Furthermore, the wearable electronic simulated smoking device includes a controller coupled to the sensor and the nebulization chamber. The controller is configured to activate the nebulization chamber responsive to the sensor detecting inhalation by the user to add the vapor of the smoking liquid composition to air drawn through the fluid flow path. The smoking device includes a power supply coupled to the controller.

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