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Help Train Sense by Renaming Devices
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Sense Team

If you have your Sense energy monitor installed at home, you likely have noticed a couple “unnamed devices” pop up on your home screen or on the “Devices” tab. These are devices that Sense has detected, but hasn’t been able to identify just yet. We know that you are eager to help train Sense. One way that you can assist our data science team in improving device discovery is by renaming these “unnamed devices.”

So put on your detective hats! Once you track down what a device is, go ahead and give it a new name. You should also feel free to rename devices so they are more convenient for you. For example, if Sense identifies the two fridges in your home (Fridge 1 and Fridge 2), you can rename them “Kitchen Fridge” and “Basement Fridge”. This way, if one is less efficient than the other, you can identify which fridge requires replacing. Although the renaming feature is intended to enhance your experience using the Sense app, it also helps familiarize our data scientists with the electrical signatures for these devices.

What does the data science team do with the new information? They make use of this annotated data, among other tools, to design appliance models. As is typical with machine learning and statistical algorithms, the more transcribed data available, the better the performance. By renaming an unnamed device appropriately, you help grow the Sense appliance corpus, which feeds into our training algorithms. This helps us improve the detection of not only your device, but also similar devices used by others. In this way, the whole community of Sense users is contributing to the improvement of Sense’s device detection!

So, how do you rename devices?

Sense home energy app rename devices
  1. Navigate to the device details screen. You can do this by either double-clicking on one of the device bubbles, selecting an event from your timeline, or selecting a device from the Devices list under the Menu.
  2. Tap “Unnamed device X” label at top of screen.
  3. Rename the device. You can be specific, for example: Upstairs TV or Bathroom Light. You should also feel free to add the make and model. In later versions of our app we’ll be improving this functionality.

We look forward to your suggestions and feedback, and our data science team is looking forward to seeing your annotations. With your help, we can improve Sense’s device detection for the whole community. Happy Sensing!