Biometric Technology Added to E-cigarettes
- By Ginger Hill
- Jan 08, 2014
You’re in an establishment that is strictly non-smoking, say a restaurant, when all of a sudden you see a huge cloud of smoke appear directly above a person’s head. You sniff the air. Nothing. You sniff again. Still no smell. What you’ve probably just witnessed is the craze that is sweeping the world…e-cigarettes, vapor cigarettes and e-cigars. And now these little contraptions are embracing security.
Vapor Corp. has produced a prototype of a “biometric vaporizer” to biometrically identify the user of the device. Resembling a cigar-sized vaporizer, this device comes with a built-in fingerprint scanner that can recognize not just your fingerprint, but multiple users, should you decide to share your vapor.
While fingerprint unlocking makes sense for smart phones and laptops, why have a locking mechanism have on an “e-smoke?” According to Vapor Corp, it’s useful if you don’t want your children or roommates “vaping” while you’re away. And, should your device go missing, the perpetrator would get no benefit because they would be unable to use it…unless of course, it’s one of the multiple users. But, you get the point.
Plus, coming soon to an e-cigarette near you, the “smart e-cigarette,” complete with an app so the user can monitor how many times per day they have “vaped” and how much nicotine they have consumed.
Vapor Corp. said that the biometric vaporizer will be available in the second half of 2014.
Ginger Hill is Group Social Media Manager.