Canopy Growth, a cannabis company worth about $14 billion, has recently filed a patent for a smart vape pen. It is still unclear how the patent will be used, but is an interesting step toward the advancement of the E-cig Industry.
It should come as no surprise. The tech industry has been working overtime to bring forward the best of the best to the end consumer. Everything from smartphones, to smart home security systems, and sleek ultra portable laptops.
while perhaps not the most technologically advanced, has came a long way from where it once started. The devices are now easier to control, update, customize, and use. Most VV/VW vapes utilize click-to-lock mechanisms that keep them from be fired unnecessarily (like in your pocket…). This locking method works great for the most part, but when compared to other electronic device of similar size, is definitely a few years behind.
So how could this effect the vape Industry? Well recently, the FDA has really stepped their regulation enforcement into high gear. They’ve even approached a handful of large vape manufacturers asking for companies to take part in the decreasing of youth use. A smart vape device, similar to one Canopy Growth would create if their patent passes, could help parents track and control the manner in which their kids use their vape pens. For instance, if a parent rather have their kids use the less harmful vapes then smoke a cigarette, they could add duty cycle limits to the device or even lock down the unit while their kids are attending school.
As a bonus, with the Canopy Growth tech, adults would be able to lock their devices when they’re not in use, which would put a complete stop to young adults picking up the device without permission. This tech has the potential to put an end to the standard puff counter on most devices today.
I foresee at least one possible issue with a smart vape. If the device can be controlled and monitored without physically holding, it’s a target for a security breach. I’m not sure how someone would misuse a electronic cigarette, but it wouldn’t be hard to hack.
Hopefully we start seeing smart’er’ vape devices in the near future. It could potentially change many problematic aspects of vaping, especially when it comes to youth use.
We want to hear what you think? What would a smart vape do for the Industry? Would it change the way you vape?