Imperial Brands has been granted a patent for a smoking substitute device that includes a control unit, battery, movement sensing component, and battery level indicator. The device activates the battery level indicator when a specific movement pattern, such as a sequence of taps within a certain time frame, is detected. GlobalData’s report on Imperial Brands gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Patent granted for a smoking substitute device with movement sensing

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Imperial Brands Plc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11771141B2) describes a smoking substitute device with various features aimed at managing battery usage and providing information about battery charge. The device includes a control unit, a battery, a movement sensing component, and a battery level indicator. The control unit is designed to activate the battery level indicator when a specific movement pattern is detected by the movement sensing component. This movement pattern consists of a sequence of taps performed within a predetermined time frame.

The patent claims that the battery level indicator is activated for a predetermined length of time, which is specified as 10 seconds or less. When activated, the battery level indicator provides a visual indication of the remaining charge in the battery. The indicator operates in different indication states, with each state corresponding to a different amount of charge remaining. These indication states can also represent an estimated number of remaining activations before the device becomes inoperable due to low battery charge.

The control unit is responsible for obtaining measurements indicative of the battery charge and selecting the appropriate indication state based on these measurements. The selection process can take into account usage data, such as how the device has been used by the user, and configuration information stored on the device. The configuration information establishes the relationship between the measurements and the indication states and can be updated based on usage data.

The patent also describes a system that includes the smoking substitute device and a mobile device with a wireless connection. The smoking substitute device can communicate with an application installed on the mobile device. The application is capable of displaying battery information based on measurements wirelessly communicated by the smoking substitute device. Additionally, the application can analyze usage data to prepare new or updated configuration information, which can be sent to the smoking substitute device for updating the stored configuration information.

Overall, this patent presents a smoking substitute device with advanced battery management features and the ability to provide users with information about battery charge. The system involving a mobile device and an application enhances the device's functionality by allowing for remote monitoring and configuration updates.

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