The Neurio Home Intelligence system has begun shipping to Kickstarter backers, as a new piece of technology that aims to make an ordinary home a smart home.
Announced back in late 2013, Neurio launched a successful Kickstarter campaign, which ended with almost 2,000 backers and raised over $200,000. Since then, the company behind the Neurio, Energy Aware, has been keeping its supporters up to date with regular updates as to the progress of the development of the home energy sensor.
Fast forward to February, and Neurio was announced as widely available for consumers.
The “innovative, easy-to-use and money-saving smart home technology” aims to help consumers who want to make their homes smart, without having to take out a second mortgage to afford such an endeavor. According to the February press release, “Neurio is an intelligent, open platform that with only one sensor brings smart home capabilities to the entire home, with future versions providing intelligence for all existing appliances.”
“As the “brain of the home,” Neurio connects both older appliances and newer “smart” devices to allow users to easily track, monitor and better understand how their home is operating, such as letting the user know when their kids come home, or if they forgot to turn something off before leaving for the day.”
Simply, the Neurio Sensor monitors your whole homes electricity by way of a simple installation in the home’s breaker panel. “It measures both differential voltage and current signals every split second and uses these signals to calculate power, energy, and more for each individual channel.” The Neurio is also bi-directional, so if you are running a solar array, it can tell the difference between your solar power and grid power.
Measurements are then transferred to the cloud, where the company’s algorithms determine the behavior accompanying the energy use, and provides this information to an app on your Android or iOS devices.
Demo of Neurio’s Cloud Algorithms
How Neurio Detects Appliances
Neurio has received a metric-tonne of coverage since their Kickstarter went live, and within the next month I hope to add my own review to the pile, thanks to Energy Aware, which will be sending me a review unit.