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DANIA BEACH, Fla. -- Vapor Corp. is taking a high-tech approach to electronic cigarettes by adding biometrics to its latest product. The company unveiled a prototype of its Vapor X personalized, rechargeable vaporizer at the ShowStoppers at CES 2014 in Las Vegas today.
According to Vapor Corp., vaporizers are the rechargeable, customizable, high-end cousin of the disposable electronic cigarette. The Vapor X, with patent-pending fingerprint lock technology, will incorporate biometric technologies in order to keep the device locked and turned off unless the authorized user is present.
When first purchased, Vapor X will require an authorized user to be assigned through a fingerprint scan. Once assigned, that user is the only person who can activate the device. This will not only protect against minors being able to turn on the device, but it will render the device useless in the case of theft, the company stated.
"The next trend in alternative smoking devices is the personalized vaporizer that incorporates the technology that we expect from our high-end tech devices. Today, we are debuting the newest technology in this space," said Kevin Frija, CEO of Vapor Corp. "By incorporating this biometric user identity technology into the Vapor X personal vaporizer, the door is opened to many customizable features. The fingerprint lock security allows customers to protect their device from use by another individual, and this same technology will lead to the development of additional features and controls.
"Much like the fitness mobile app technology we have seen gain recent popularity, vaporizer users will soon be able to download their 'vaping' statistics through a corresponding mobile application in order to track exactly how often they use the device," he continued.
Vapor Corp.'s Vapor X unit will be available with patent-pending fingerprint lock technology in the second half of 2014 to consumers via online and through authorized dealers nationwide. It will retail for between $199 and $299.
Vapor Corp. is a publicly traded company based in Dania Beach, Fla. Its brands include KRAVE, Fifty-One, VaporX, Hookah Stix, Alternacig, EZ Smoker, Green Puffer, Americig, Fumare and Smoke Star. The company also designs and develops private-label brands for some distribution customers.