We’re excited to announce a new device detection release that might not make an obvious impact right away, but will improve the quality and accuracy of your Sense-detected devices going forward. Although the Data Science team is always pushing out incremental updates to our device detection models, we have been rather conservative and cautious about making “major” changes to existing devices you see in your app. This has unfortunately led to some devices being conflated, duplicated, or their identification becoming stale and not improving as much as we’d like.
Over the past year, our Data Science team has worked hard to add to the library of devices Sense can identify from the thousands of types and models in peoples’ homes. Hopefully, you’ve seen the results of that effort in faster and more accurate device IDs. We’ll continue to improve on this front and you should see more frequent and improved detection models.
Recently the team has also focused on issues of device model grouping and name/type accuracy. Because of this work, you’ll likely start noticing the following device updates happening. These will be communicated to you on your timeline, and at times via in-app notifications when you open the Sense app. These new types of device updates include:
- Device Renaming and Re-typing - If your Sense monitor is fairly confident a certain device (such as a Heat or Motor) is a specific device, then it will automatically rename and re-type it for you. This can both help with unknown Motor or Heat devices as well as mis-categorized devices, like a coffee maker that’s really a kettle.
- Device Auto-Combining - Sense may realize that certain devices (such as a Heat and a Motor) are actually part of a single device (such as a Dishwasher), and automatically combine and rename them for you.
- Device Removal - At times, Sense may have thought it found a unique device, but after further analysis decided it was not actually a unique device after all. Keeping this device in your Devices list is not helpful for two reasons: (1) You might be wasting your time trying to figure out what it is, and (2) this model could actually prevent updated and more accurate models from running. Now Sense will start removing these unreliably detected devices from your Devices list more frequently, after first alerting you.
In some cases, multiple updates might come at once, such as a removal and a rename, in the case of conflated devices.
As we all know, device detection is not a perfect science yet. However, our Data Science team is excited to make these changes, both to improve your overall Sense device detection experience and to work towards the app being more transparent about what sorts of changes are happening in the background.