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1. WO2018183583 - SMART PACKAGING, SYSTEMS AND METHODS

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CLAIMS

1. A smart package for use with a smart appliance for intelligently controlling heating of the smart package, the smart package comprising:

a container for containing known thermodynamic contents to be heated;

a package intelligence and communication module for storing and communicating package related pre-measured thermodynamics and package content related data, the package intelligence and communication module including:

(a) a storage for storing an identifier unique to the package;

(b) and a transponder for communicating the identifier to a reader on the smart appliance;

the package and package content related data including a thermodynamic load profile representing the thermodynamic response of the package and contents to heating energy; a temperature sensor for sensing the temperature of the product during a heating operation.

2. The smart package of claim 1, wherein the thermodynamic load profile includes data correlating an expected internal temperature with power transmitted from a smart appliance.

3. The smart package of claim 1, wherein the smart appliance heating capacity and contents are included in the package related thermodynamic.

4. The smart package of claim 1, wherein the heating receptor is configured to insulate the package from direct heating allowing the insulator properties to shield the consumer from excess heat.

5. The smart package of claim 1 wherein the package information has been calibrated and measured and the thermodynamic performance information is included electronically on the package

6. The package of claim 1 wherein the receptor is insulated by limiting contact with the package using a portion of the contact area and points of contact or insulated with an insulating material

3. The smart package of claim 1, wherein the package intelligence and communication module comprises a light-powered microstransponder located on an exterior surface of the package.

4. The smart package of claim 1, wherein the package related data further comprises encrypted data for authenticating the package.

5. The smart package of claim 1, wherein the product related data includes product life/expiration data.

6. The smart package of claim 1, wherein the package is a tea tumbler.

7. The smart package of claim 1, wherein the package includes a smart heating puck with an inductive receptor and wherein the package intelligence and communication module and temperature sensor are disposed on the heating puck.

8. The smart package of claim 1, wherein the package is a popcorn package having a base and a metal inductive kernal cup disposed in the base, and a plastic container threadably engaging the base for containing popped corn.

9. The smart package of claim 1, wherein the package is a popcorn package having a foil heating cup disposed in a bottom thereof, a vented lid and a peel off cap.

10. The smart package of claim 1, wherein the package contains a scented product.

11. The smart package of claim 1, wherein the package is a foil package.

12. The smart package of claim 1, wherein the package is a steamer package having an inductive receptor disposed in the bottom of the package beneath a vented insert for permitting steam to pass from the bottom of the package to an upper section of the package containing a product to be steamed without the product touching the receptor.

13. The smart package of claim 1, wherein the package includes a base having a support for supporting an inductive heating plate, the base including the package intelligence and communication module therein, the base including a threaded portion and a bottled having a threaded neck for engaging the base threaded portion.

14. The smart package of claim 13, wherein the base is circular and wherein the package intelligence and communication module comprises a light-powered microtransponder disposed at the center of the circular base.

15. A method using a smart package in a heating operation, the smart package comprising a container for containing contents to be heated; a package intelligence and communication module for storing and communicating package related and package content related data, the package intelligence and communication module including (a) a storage for storing an identifier unique to the package; and (b) a transponder for communicating the identifier to a reader on the smart appliance; the package and package content related data including a thermodynamic load profile representing the thermodynamic response of the package and contents to heating energy; and a temperature sensor for sensing the temperature of the product during a heating operation, the method comprising:

receiving energy with the transponder from a reader on a smart appliance; retrieving the thermodynamic load profile in response to receiving the energy; and

controlling a heating operation of the package based on the thermodynamic load profile.

16. The method of claim 1, further comprising validating the package contents based on the retrieved thermodynamic load profile.

17. The method of claim 15, further comprising the step of authenticating the product package.

18. The method of claim 15, wherein the step of receiving energy comprises receiving light energy.

19. The method of claim 15, further comprising the step of receiving information about the package contents from a remote data storage.

20. The method of claim 15, further comprising the step of sending package related information to a user device linked to the package.