Let me do my best to address everyone’s concerns here.
First, this is a device detection update, ultimately. LED bulbs have been notoriously tough to track and this is a step forward there. In addition, as Mike, our CEO stressed in his blogpost (read here), this Hue integration has laid the foundation for future related integrations with smart thermostats, automation hubs, and so on. Hue was a relatively easy barrier to cross, so it was a good first step in this direction and now we have the infrastructure and processes in place to develop further integrations which, just like Hue, will result in better, broader device detection. It’s important to stress that these integrations aren’t just about the connected devices themselves, but also the ‘dumb’ devices controlled by those smart devices: so, a smart thermostat integration won’t just give you insight into the usage of the thermostat, but will lead to better detection of your entire HVAC system. You can probably imagine how helpful a smart plug integration would be. This is 100% tied to improving device detection, the core function of Sense. Hue is another step forward. As @kevin1 mentioned, this should please the users who are concerned about machine learning being our sole approach to device detection. With integrations like Hue (and with our related network identification work), we’re gathering ground truth data from the devices themselves.
Second, while we’re a small company still, we function like most tech companies in that we have teams and then those teams are broken down further. Hue was not an ‘all hands on deck project’ that sucked up all of our resources, but was dispersed across teams. The project in no way took away from our efforts with EV detection, HVAC detection, cycling heat detection, and so on. Work on those continues.
I also think this is a really important point. We’ve been good at announcing software updates and new, highly visible features. We’ve been less good at announcing device detection improvements. Part of the reason is that it’s ongoing. There usually aren’t major ‘releases’ here, but incremental updates that get pushed to your Sense monitors routinely. And, like Hue, these still target particular devices or classes of related devices. There is no single update where we can suddenly detect every single EV, nor is there one where we can detect all HVAC systems. One of the biggest challenges here is that all of those related devices can look very, very different to Sense (this is a place where can integrations can really help). Still, we’ve made some awesome strides recently in certain high-use devices like refrigerators, dryers, HVAC, and EVs. We will work hard on a way to share this with you as soon as possible.
We’re also planning on doing another Community webinar (like we last did in February). This should come in August, but we’re still ironing out the details. I really hope everyone in here will join us as we can go into a lot more detail about device detection updates and the integration roadmap.