Invented by Raymond Charles Henry, Jr., Michael Ryan Galloway, Frederic Philippe Ampolini, RAI Strategic Holdings Inc
Aerosol devices, such as e-cigarettes and vape pens, have gained widespread acceptance as alternatives to traditional tobacco products. These devices rely on rechargeable batteries to power their heating elements, which vaporize a liquid solution containing nicotine or other substances. As a result, the demand for charging accessories that can keep these devices powered up has skyrocketed.
One of the main drivers of this market growth is the convenience factor. Charging accessory devices for aerosol devices come in various forms, including USB chargers, charging cases, and wireless charging pads. These accessories allow users to charge their aerosol devices on the go, ensuring that they never run out of power when they need it most. This convenience has made charging accessories a must-have for many aerosol device users.
Furthermore, the market has witnessed the development of innovative charging solutions that go beyond traditional methods. For instance, some companies have introduced charging cases that not only charge the aerosol device but also serve as a protective case. These cases often come with additional features like LED indicators to show the battery level and even built-in power banks to charge other devices.
In addition to charging accessories, the market has also seen the emergence of related systems and methods for providing interactive services to aerosol devices. These services aim to enhance the user experience and provide additional functionalities. For example, some aerosol devices now come with Bluetooth connectivity, allowing users to connect their devices to mobile applications. These apps can provide various services, such as tracking usage, adjusting settings, and even offering personalized recommendations.
The market for charging accessory devices for aerosol devices and related interactive services is expected to continue growing in the coming years. The increasing adoption of aerosol devices, coupled with the demand for convenient charging solutions and interactive features, will drive this growth. Additionally, advancements in technology will likely lead to the development of even more innovative charging accessories and interactive services, further expanding the market’s potential.
In conclusion, the market for charging accessory devices for aerosol devices and related systems and methods for providing interactive services is experiencing significant growth. The convenience factor, coupled with the increasing adoption of aerosol devices, has fueled the demand for these accessories. As technology continues to advance, we can expect to see even more innovative solutions in this market, catering to the evolving needs of aerosol device users.
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The present disclosure is related to charging accessory devices for aerosol device delivery devices and systems, methods and apparatuses for providing interactive services. A method could include, for example, a computing device communicating with a charging device accessory for an aerosol device. The charging accessory device would then provide usage data about the aerosol device. Social data based on this usage data is generated and sent to a social network service that includes a community of users.
Background for Charging accessory device for aerosol device and related system and method for providing interactive services to aerosol delivery devices”,
Many smoking devices were proposed over the years to improve upon or replace smoking products which require burning tobacco. Some of these devices claim to be designed to mimic the sensation of smoking a cigarette, pipe, or cigar without producing the pyrolysis and incomplete combustion products that are produced by burning tobacco. In order to achieve this, a number of smoking products, flavor-generators, and medical inhalers have been proposed that use electrical energy to heat or vaporize a volatile substance, or try to provide the sensations associated with cigarette, pipe, or cigar smoking without burning tobacco. You can see, for instance, the alternative smoking articles and aerosol delivery devices, as well as the heat-generating sources, described in the background art of U.S. Pat. No. No. 7,726,320, U.S. Pat. to Robinson et. al. U.S. App. Pub. No. No. No. 13/536,438 U.S. Pat. App. Pub. No. 2014/0000638 to Sebastian et al., U.S. patent application Ser. No. No. 13/602 871, filed on Sep. 4, 2012. U.S. Patent application Ser. No. No.
Aerosol delivery systems continue to grow in popularity and sophistication. However, interactive services are still not available. It would therefore be desirable to offer aerosol devices and their users interactive services that improve the social aspects of aerosol devices.
The present disclosure is a charging accessory and systems, methods and apparatuses that are related, as well as computer program products, for interactive services provided for aerosol delivery device. In one aspect, for example, a charging device accessory is provided. The charging accessory device can include a housing that defines a receptacle configured for receiving at least a portion an aerosol delivery system comprising a lithium-ion battery. The charging accessory device can also include a power storing device and a charger interface that are configured to establish an electric connection with the batteries and supply electrical power to the batteries to charge them. The charging accessory may also include an interface for aerosol delivery devices, which can be configured to allow communication between the charging device and the control component of aerosol delivery devices. A communication interface may be included in the charging accessory device. The charging accessory may also include processing circuitry that can be configured to control charging accessory devices to access usage data of the aerosol device via its interface and to cause social data derived from the usage data, to be sent via the communication interface to a social network service consisting of a community aerosol device users.
In another aspect, an interactive service system for aerosol delivery device is provided. The system can include at least part of an aerosol device. This may include a component that is configured to keep usage data on the aerosol device. A computing device may also be included in the system. This device may be configured to connect to a network and communicate with a service of social networking that includes a community comprising aerosol delivery device owners. The system can include a charging device that includes a housing with a receptacle for receiving at least a part of the aerosol device and a storage device. The charging accessory device can be configured to receive power from the power-storage device in order to charge the battery on the aerosol delivery system and communicate with the control component so as to obtain usage data. The charging accessory may also include a communication device that is configured to allow communication between the computing device and charging accessory device. The computing device can be configured to receive usage data from the accessory device, generate social data at least partly based on the usage information and send social data to a social networking service.
In a second aspect, interactive services are provided for aerosol delivery systems. A computing device may establish communication with an accessory device that charges aerosol delivery devices. The charging accessory device may also provide usage data to the computing device for the aerosol device. The computing device may also generate social data, based in part on usage data. This social data is then sent to a social network service that includes a community consisting of aerosol device users.
In a further aspect, it is possible to provide a computing device that includes processing circuitry. The processing circuitry can be configured to enable the computing device establish communication with an aerosol delivery accessory device. The processing circuitry can be configured to further cause the computing device receive usage data provided by the charging device for the aerosol device. The processing circuitry can also be configured to make the computing device generate social data, based in part on usage data. This social data is then sent to a social network service that includes a community consisting of aerosol device users.
When executed by at least one processor, the stored program instructions may cause the at least one processor to perform a method comprising establishing communication with a charging accessory device for an aerosol delivery device; receiving usage data for the aerosol delivery device provided by this charging accessory devices; generating social data based, at minimum, on these usages data and sending them to a social networking service including a community of aerosol delivery device users. The stored program instructions can be executed by an at least one computer to cause it to perform a particular method, which includes establishing communication with the charging accessory for the aerosol device and receiving usage data from the charging accessory.
The present disclosure is now described in greater detail with reference to examples of embodiments. The exemplary embodiments will help to make this disclosure complete and thorough, as well as conveying the full scope of the disclosure. The disclosure can take many forms, and is not limited to those described herein. These embodiments, however, are included so that the disclosure will meet applicable legal requirements. The singular forms “a”, “an” and “the” are used throughout the specification as well as the appended claims to refer to plurals, unless the context clearly dictates that they do not.
Some example embodiments” of the present disclosure are related to a charging device for an aerosol device, as well as systems, methods and apparatuses for providing interactive services with aerosol devices. As an example of a charging accessory device for aerosol delivery devices, the present disclosure may include e-cigarettes. “It should be understood that mechanisms, components and features associated with aerosol delivery devices can be embodied and associated with many different articles.
In this respect, the present disclosure describes aerosol delivery devices which use electrical energy to warm a material (preferably without combusting it to any significant extent) in order to form an inhalable material; these articles are most preferentially sufficiently compact to qualify as ‘hand-held’ devices. devices. The aerosol delivery device can provide all or some of the sensations of smoking a cigar, cigarette or pipe without any significant degree of combustion. Aerosol delivery devices may not produce “smoke” in the sense that aerosol is produced by combustion or pyrolysis, but may instead yield vapors, including vapors contained within visible aerosols, which could be described as being smoke-like, resulting from the volatilization or vapourization of certain components. Aerosol delivery devices can incorporate tobacco or components derived therefrom in highly preferred embodiments.
The “aerosol delivery device” of the current disclosure can also be classified as vapor-producing, smoking, or medicament delivery articles. These articles or devices may be modified to deliver one or more substances in an inhalable state or form (e.g. flavors or pharmaceutical active ingredients). Inhalable substances, for example, can take the form of a gas (a substance in its gas phase when the temperature is lower than the critical point). Inhalable substances may also be in the form an aerosol, which is a suspension consisting of liquid or solid droplets suspended in a gas. To make things simple, we will use the term “aerosol”. As used herein, the term “aerosol” is intended to cover vapors, gasses and aerosols that are suitable for inhalation by humans, whether visible or not, and regardless of whether they have a smoke-like appearance.
In use, aerosol devices of the current disclosure can be subjected many of the same physical actions that an individual uses when using a traditional smoking article (e.g. a cigarette or cigar used for lighting and inhaling the tobacco). The user of an aerosol device of the disclosure may, for example, hold the article in a similar manner to a traditional smoking article. He or she can also draw on the end of the article to inhale the aerosol it produces, and take puffs periodically.
Aerosol delivery devices described in the present disclosure are generally composed of a number components that are contained within an outer shell or body. The outer body can be designed in a variety of ways. It can also vary as to the shape and size of the aerosol device. An elongated shell or body that resembles the shape of a cigar or cigarette can typically be made from a single unitary shell, or it can be divided into two or more pieces. Aerosol delivery devices can, for example, include an elongated body or shell that is substantially tubular and resembles the shape of an ordinary cigarette or cigar. In one embodiment, the entire aerosol delivery system is contained in a single outer shell or body. An aerosol delivery system can also include two or more shells which are separable and joined together. An aerosol delivery system can, for example, have a control body at one end that includes an outer shell or body containing one of more reusable components, such as a rechargeable batteries and other electronics to control the operation of the article, and an outer shell or body at the opposite end, which is removable, and contains a disposable portion, such as a flavor cartridge. The disclosure herein will reveal more specific formats, configurations, and arrangements of components in the single shell unit or multi-piece separable unit.
The background art section in the present disclosure lists representative electronic aerosol devices.
Aerosol Delivery Devices of the Present Disclosure most preferably contain a combination of a heat source or heater (e.g. an electrical resistance heating component or element commonly called an atomizer), and at least one control component. “Aerosol delivery devices of the present disclosure most preferably comprise some combination of a power source (i.e., an electrical power source), at least one control component (e.g. means for actuating, controlling, regulating and ceasing heat generation, such as by controlling electrical current flow from the power source to other components of an article?e.g. a microcontroller), a heater or heat generation component (e.g. an electrical resistance heating element or component commonly referred as an?atomizer? ?e-liquid? ?e?liquid? The aerosol delivery device may also include a mouthend or tip that allows aerosol inhalation by drawing on the device (e.g. a defined airflow path through the article so that the aerosol produced can be withdrawn from the article upon pulling). U.S. Pat. describes exemplary formulations of aerosol precursor materials which may be used in accordance with the present disclosure. Pub. No. No.
The components of the aerosol delivery system can be arranged in different ways. In certain embodiments, an aerosol precursor composition may be located at the end of the article, e.g. within a cartridge that can in some circumstances be replaced and thrown away, or near the mouth of the user to maximize aerosol release. However, other configurations are possible. The heating element is positioned near enough to the aerosol composition to allow the heat to volatilize it (and any flavorants, medications, or other substances that are also provided to a user for delivery) and create an aerosol.
When the heating element warms the aerosol composition precursor, an aerosol in a form that can be inhaled by the consumer is generated, released or formed. The terms released, released, releases or released are interchangeable, so that references to form or generate include forming or generating or forms or generates or formed or generated. In particular, the inhalable substance can be released as a vapor, aerosol or a mixture thereof. The selection of different aerosol device components is also apparent when considering the electronic aerosol devices that are commercially available, like those products that are listed in the background section of this disclosure.
An aerosol device” incorporates a power source, whether it is a battery, or another electrical power source, to supply current sufficient to perform various functions, including resistive heating, powering control systems, powering indicators, etc. Power sources can be in various forms. The power source should be able to quickly heat the heating element to produce aerosol and to power the article for the desired time. The power source should be sized so that it can fit comfortably within the aerosol device, making the aerosol device easy to handle. It is also important that the power source is light enough to not interfere with a pleasant smoking experience.
Figure 1 shows an example of a device that can be used to deliver aerosols. 1 . The aerosol delivery device can consist of a control body and cartridge that are permanently or detachably aligned to form a functional relationship. In FIG. It is understood that other engagement methods may be used, such as press-fit, interference fit or magnetic engagement. In certain embodiments, the cartridge 104 and control body 102 may be described as disposable or reusable. The control body can have a replaceable or rechargeable battery, and it may be used with any type of charging technology. For instance, the control may connect to an electrical outlet (e.g. cigarette lighter socket) and to a computer via a USB cable. In U.S. Patent Application Ser. No. No. This is the entire text of a document filed on March 15, 2013 which has been incorporated by reference herein. In some embodiments, a battery can be charged by combining the aerosol device 100 (or a portion thereof) containing a lithium-ion battery (e.g. the control body 102) and an embodiment of a charging accessory device, as discussed below. As will be understood, embodiments that include a battery can include any type, including, but not limited to, a nickel-zinc, nickel metal hydride, nickel cadmium, lithium-ion polymer, lithium-ion, or other rechargeable batteries. In some embodiments, the cartridge can be a one-time use cartridge as disclosed in U.S. Patent Application Ser. No. No.
In the exemplified example, the control element 106 (e.g. a microcontroller), the flow sensor 108 and the battery 110 can be aligned in a variety of ways. The control body 102 can also include a number of indicators 112 on a distal body end 114. The indicators 112 may be in different numbers, shapes, or even as an opening within the body. In the illustrated embodiment, the control component 106 includes a haptic component 101. The haptic component can be integrated into one or more components in a smoking article to provide vibrations or tactile feedback of the user’s status or use. For example, see the disclosure in U.S. Patent Application Ser. No. No. “19, 2013, which is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.
An air intake may be located in the outer body of the control 102. Coupler 120 is also included at the proximal end 122 of control body 102. It may extend into the control body projection 124 for electrical connection to an atomizer, or component thereof such as a resistance heating element (described further below), when the cartridge is attached to control body. The air intake 118 may appear to be located in the outer body of the control body, but in another embodiment, the air intake could be in a coupler, as described in U.S. Patent Application Ser. No. No. 15, 2013.
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