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.
[su_heading size=”15″ class=”subHeading”]The vape industry[/su_heading]
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.
[su_heading size=”15″ class=”subHeading”]Recently[/su_heading] one of the big five cannabis companies, Canopy Growth Corporation, set out to change the ‘old world’ vape locking mechanism. Their patent would use payload reservoir (as their calling it, just a fancy term for a tank or something that holds a substanc) and a payload identifier. A processor would be configured to the user settings (gathered from the payload identifier…) and some secondary data like user information, prescription information, location information.
[su_heading size=”15″ class=”subHeading”]Especially useful[/su_heading] for the cannabis industry; it would allow users to control certain features of the device, and could even add interval limits. Parents would be able to lock and unlock the vape like a smartphone, and track various stats on the fly. Operational settings could include a duty cycle setting, a temperature setting, an operational time duration, a dosage setting, and a security setting.
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.
[su_heading size=”15″ class=”subHeading”]Concerns? [/su_heading]
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.
[su_heading size=”15″ class=”subHeading”]Conclusion[/su_heading]
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?