US 11,653,691 B2
Sensor apparatuses and systems
Georgios Karles, Richmond, VA (US); Jeffery S. Edmiston, Mechanicsville, VA (US); William A. Rees, Richmond, VA (US); and David B. Kane, Richmond, VA (US)
Assigned to Altria Client Services LLC, Richmond, VA (US)
Filed by Altria Client Services LLC, Richmond, VA (US)
Filed on Jun. 29, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/361,440.
Application 17/361,440 is a continuation of application No. 16/268,837, filed on Feb. 6, 2019, granted, now 11,064,727.
Prior Publication US 2021/0321660 A1, Oct. 21, 2021
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A24C 5/34 (2006.01); A24F 40/80 (2020.01)
CPC A24C 5/34 (2013.01) [A24C 5/3406 (2013.01); A24F 40/80 (2020.01)] 10 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
9. A method, comprising:
generating, at a sensor apparatus, sensor data indicating a flow rate of an instance of aerosol that is drawn through a conduit of the sensor apparatus from an external tobacco element coupled to the sensor apparatus and to an outlet opening of the conduit;
communicating a data stream between the sensor apparatus and an external computing device via a communication link, the data stream providing a real-time indication or near real-time indication of the flow rate of the instance of aerosol through the conduit, the data stream including information associated with the sensor data;
processing the information associated with the sensor data, at at least one device of the sensor apparatus and the external computing device, to generate topography information associated with the sensor apparatus; and
displaying the topography information,
wherein the topography information includes an aerosol draw pattern of the instance of aerosol drawn through the conduit over a period of time, the aerosol draw pattern associated with the sensor data, the aerosol draw pattern representing a time variation of a cumulative amount of aerosol in one or more instances of aerosol drawn through the conduit during a given time period, from a null value at a start of the given time period to a total cumulative amount at an end of the given time period,
wherein the displaying the topography information provides graphical representations of
the time variation of the cumulative amount of aerosol in the one or more instances of aerosol drawn through the conduit during the given time period,
a time variation of a threshold cumulative amount of aerosol drawn through the conduit during the given time period, the threshold cumulative amount of aerosol varying with time over the given time period, and
a difference between the cumulative amount of aerosol and the threshold cumulative amount of aerosol at multiple given times throughout the given time period.