Beta for the sensitive... err chosen ones


#1

Just thinking out loud - maybe Sense should establish a Beta program geared towards the sleuths and home- aware among us. I understand that Sense likes to have certain degree of certainly before it tells you “new device found”- goes towards user experience no doubt.

However, for the few of us who know their homes well (or we think we do- raise your hand?) maybe Sense can turn up the sensitivity of machine learning/ backend data mining algorithms so Sense is a bit more vocal on our setups. Maybe something along the lines "Sense found a device, but we have no idea what it is… maybe the average user doesnt know what is in their air handler, but some us know there is a blower motor, an igniter, exhaust motor, maybe a stage or two electric heat, etc… and those of us will be able to determine what that “low confidence”, “high noise”, “low resolution” device is

So my question is - is the algorithm muted by default to reduce false positives, or can it be “turned up” to increase sensitivity at the cost of precision?

Just a random thought.

Thank you


#2

I suggested this in another response elsewhere as well, although as with much of the learning process I’m sure there’s a reason why this isn’t perhaps a viable solution.

But if it is, sign me up. I’m all for sleuthing something something with a (say, for example) 25% guess vs the ~/>75% guess or virtual confirmation that Sense seems to be utilizing now.


#3

I think this is key here. You can imagine the frustration for some users if Sense threw out a first guess every time anything cycled in the home. We face a tough challenge of balancing precision and detection speed. I do like the idea of some sort of Beta group along these lines (we do have an app Beta group by the way…message me if you’re interested) or even user-facing options in the app to adjust sensitivity, but both require a fair amount of resources and resources are rarely in surplus. Still, it’s a good idea and I’m looking forward to hearing what others here have to say.


#4

PM’ing you Ryan, I’m a beta tester for both Google and Waze, I’d be interested in joining this as well.


#5

I’d be interested in such an option


#6

I’d be interested in participating as well.


#7

You have some good people in the Beta group…put them to work and bring in some more thinkers…


#8

I’d be interested as well.