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Vapeix Pixel 1.0 – The Wirelessly Connected Vaporizer

Vapeix Pixel 1.0

In a nutshell

This case study sheds light on Vapeix’s extraordinary accomplishment, led by the diligent needCode team, in creating the groundbreaking Vapeix Pixel 1.0 – a wirelessly connected vaporizer. The project aimed to revolutionize the vaping experience by seamlessly merging hardware and firmware development with BLE connectivity. This study delves into the project’s timeline, team composition, scope, technology, services, and challenges, highlighting the innovative solutions that redefined vaping.

Project overview

Project Duration:

01.2016- 03.2017

Team Setup:

2 x Software Embedded Engineers & Hardware Engineer


Hardware design, C,BLE

Project Scope

The project scope encompassed an integrated approach to both hardware and firmware development, specifically tailored for electronic cigarettes. The end product, branded as Vapeix Pixel 1.0, emphasized the following key aspects:

  • BLE Connectivity Integration: A central feature was the integration of BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) connectivity, enabling seamless communication with compatible devices and enhancing user interaction.
  • Real-Time Data Acquisition Capabilities: Vapeix Pixel 1.0 was designed with the ability to acquire real-time data, providing detailed insights into usage patterns and device performance.
  • Personalization Options: The vaporizer was equipped with a diverse range of personalization options, allowing users to tailor their experience according to individual preferences and needs.
  • Innovative Vaporizer Technology: Beyond connectivity, the development focused on creating a state-of-the-art vaporizer, reflecting cutting-edge technology and quality engineering.
  • Over-the-Air Update Capability: Implementing secure remote firmware updates to enhance the device’s functionality while keeping Intellectual Property safe from eavesdropping.
  • Compliance and Safety Considerations: Ensuring that the device met all relevant regulatory standards and safety considerations was a fundamental aspect of the project.


  • Requirements Analysis: This involved meticulously understanding the device’s functionality needs and user expectations, laying the foundation for subsequent development stages.
  • Hardware Design and Assembly: The project required crafting and assembling intricate hardware components for optimal functionality and compact design, fitting within the electronic cigarette’s limited space.
  • Firmware Development: Utilizing the C programming language to develop robust firmware, orchestrating the vaporizer’s complex operations. This phase included several key components:
    • BLE Connectivity: Ensuring seamless communication between the vaporizer and users’ smartphones through BLE, which required creating reliable and robust communication protocols.
    • Heater Functionality: Designing a specialized heater with precise temperature control to prevent burnout during usage, enhancing the overall vaping experience.
    • Data Management: Crafting firmware for BLE communication, data storage, synchronization, and user customization to elevate the vaping experience with sophistication and precision.
    • User Interaction: Developing an intuitive user interface for effortless pairing and customization, posing unique user experience challenges but resulting in an engaging and user-friendly experience.
    • Battery Level and Charging Support: Continuously measuring battery voltage for accurate battery level reporting and low battery notification, while also adding USB charging support with attention to battery life cycle and safe charging conditions.
    • Secure Over-the-Air Update Implementation: This approach included enabling remote updates, allowing for continued enhancement of device features, and keeping the system adaptable to evolving needs.
  • Prototyping: Creating functional prototypes for iterative testing, refinement, and fine-tuning of the design and features, overcoming design constraints.

Business Impact

The launch of Vapeix Pixel 1.0, a wirelessly connected vaporizer, yielded substantial business outcomes, differentiating itself with BLE connectivity, real-time data insights, and customization options for heightened user loyalty and engagement. Over-the-air updates extended its lifespan and revenue potential, while compliance with safety standards enhanced brand trust. The product’s innovative features opened doors for collaborations and data-driven marketing strategies, positioning Vapeix as an industry leader. The inclusion of BLE connectivity and remote updates ensured adaptability for the future, while the collaborative partnership with needCode showcased the power of interdisciplinary innovation in achieving breakthroughs. Overall, Vapeix Pixel 1.0’s impact reshaped the vaping industry landscape, securing market leadership and setting the stage for ongoing growth and innovation.

Results and Achievements

The collaborative efforts yielded remarkable results:

  • Successful Vaporizer Creation: Development of the Vapeix Pixel 1.0 vaporizer, seamlessly integrating hardware and firmware expertise.
  • Effective Communication: Establishment of reliable BLE communication between the vaporizer and smartphones.
  • Enhanced Vaping Experience: Implementation of real-time data acquisition and personalized settings for an improved user experience.
  • User-friendly Interaction: Design of an intuitive process for users to pair and customize the vaporizer with their smartphones.
  • Heater Safety: Design of a heater protection system to ensure longevity and user safety.


Through a targeted and multidimensional approach, the needCode team delivered a product that not only met the functional requirements but also introduced innovative features that set Vapeix Pixel 1.0 apart in the market. By seamlessly integrating hardware and firmware, incorporating BLE connectivity, and introducing real-time data acquisition and personalization options, they have redefined the vaping experience. This project underscores the potential of technology-driven innovation in delivering enhanced user experiences. Vapeix’s Pixel 1.0 stands as a testament to the power of collaboration, technical expertise, and innovation in addressing industry challenges, driving business growth, and setting new standards in vaporizer technology.

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