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Tamper-Proof E-Cigarette Analyzes Smoker’s Fingerprints

Biometrics could be used to keep nicotine out of the hands of children.

Ross Brooks
Ross Brooks on January 9, 2014. @greenidealism

Putting a password on your laptop or smartphone makes a lot of sense, but can the same be said for an e-cigarette? A company called Vapor Corp says yes, which is why they have already introduced a “biometric vaporizer” prototype. The device could help safeguard children and prevent theft, but it could also ensure your nicotine supply is exclusively for you.

The biometric vaporizer looks very similar to the company’s cigar-sized VaporX, with the addition of a fingerprint scanner. When finalized, the device will be able to recognize multiple users’ fingerprints, although exactly how many is something Vapor Corp has yet to confirm.

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While you might still be questioning the practicality of a biometric vaporizer, there are also plans to introduce other smart features in the near future. So instead of just added security, you could use an associated app to track how many times a day you’ve inhaled and how much nicotine you’ve consumed.

The biometric vaporizer will be available in the second half of 2014 for between $199 and $299, according to Vapor Corp.

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Source: The Verge

 

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Ross is a freelance writer who specializes in topics about the environment, architecture, art, design and creative tech. He is passionate about making a difference with his writing, whether that’s to encourage social change, promote a great idea, or just share a little bit of beauty with the world. You can also find his work on Inhabitat and Techly.com.au.

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