It’s raining patents for Quby
Quby is again achieving success as inventor. They received their first, second and third patent on the technology used for the next generation of Toon displays and the data scientific approach for identifying usage per appliance, per household, on which the Waste Checker service on Toon was built. This method uses artificial intelligence by using machine learning algorithms at scale, to assist consumers in reducing energy waste. Quby’s Chief Data Officer and registered inventor of the Waste Checker patent, Dr. Stephen Galsworthy explains the value of these patents: “An awarded patent means recognition for Quby, as inventors of innovative solutions in energy usage management.”
Patent on data disaggregation for detecting inefficient appliances
Every household has a unique energy usage, in which energy usage managers such as Toon already gave insight. However, within every household every appliance also has a unique usage pattern. Identifying the usage of one device within a specific household was hard, until Quby’s data scientists Dr. Kaustav Basu and Dr. Stephen Galsworthy invented the unique approach for the Waste Checker. The usage patterns of appliance types were introduced as recognisable ‘fingerprints’ to the self-learning algorithm, along with data on efficient and inefficient usage.
By now, the algorithm recognises about 681,000 appliance cycles a day, and translates the measurements to personalised advice for consumers, to help them prevent or remedy energy waste within their homes. Dr. Kaustav Basu explains: “As a data scientist it is not only my job to research sustainable energy solutions, but to also make them applicable in practice, to enable people to contribute to the energy transition.” The approach with which artificial intelligence was used in the Waste Checker was so unique, the Dutch Government Service for Enterprising (RVO) awarded it a patent.
Patents on Toon 2 hardware
Big steps were taken in the technological field too, in launching the next generation of displays (known in the Netherlands as Toon 2), for which patent number two and three were obtained by Hardware Design Engineer Robert Müller. The first hardware patent regards the solution for disturbance in the temperature readings, caused by the heat that the electrical components in the hardware generate. Because of the renewed design, Toon 2 measures the temperature more accurately, while using less computing power.
The second patent was awarded for the way the new Toon display detects soundwaves, the ‘ultrasonic movement detection’. The display can detect if there are people nearby and their proximity, without actually ‘listening’ in on what is being said in the home, something other electronic assistants are known for.