To defend Sense a little bit - I think the number one request feature is that the device do what it is advertised to do. Detect devices. While there may not be a single thread in the Product Wishlist forum about that, there are many many individual threads of “how come it doesn’t detect xxxxx”, or “its constantly mis identifies yyyyy”
While not ideal, they have made some improvements to allow people to work around the issue. CT extension to get the clamps to a place that may be above a split in a parallel feed. Data export to be able to look at two units data.
While it makes some people unhappy, I’d be willing to bet that we are talking about 1-2% of users who are affected by the need for 2 sense’s in the same house.
I assume that Sense is looking at their customer base, new round of funding, costs to implement and weighing the priority of this feature. The team has mentioned several times that it is quite tricky to accomplish the merge. In the poll further up in this thread, 41 people have asked for Merged data. 22 people (myself included) have asked for the ability to see two devices separately, but from one account. A few others have a remote solar panel and effectively need a remote solar only unit. In total, 84 voters for 98 votes (you could select multiple options). That isn’t exactly screaming stats to pull resources away from the main product. The 327 “likes” are deceiving as likes counted in the thread can be to a specific persons comment, which in several cases are not necessarily a “like” of the main topic". So there is some double counting going on.
For fun, lets say that to make this happen, they need to devote an engineer to it for a year. I would guess thats in the 70-120k/year range (and thats probably low).
In a years time, they push out this feature. Lets say that the Sense is a 50% margin product. Using the above stab at salary, and leaving out a lot of additional costs, they would need to sell another 450-800 units to make that expense worth it. Are there 450 people who want this function and haven’t purchased a device yet because its a missing feature? Maybe, but there are probably many times that who would buy one of these the second a review comes out that says “its identified 90% of my house in 2 weeks!”.
I’m not trying to put down this idea. I would like to see it happen, but I would rather see my AC or heating units identified, or half of the electronics in my house identified. But whats the point of getting two monitors on one app if the product can’t identify most of the devices in the first place?