We are measuring more of our world than ever before, with instrumentation in mobile devices, laptops, desktops, datacenters, vehicles, and even our own bodies. At Kuro Labs, we are building tools for answering, in these various contexts, the question, “What is normal?” Is it normal for this app to drain my smartphone battery? Is it normal for my laptop to run so slowly? Is it normal to get poor gas mileage with my type of car? Using technology developed at UC Berkeley and matured via the Carat Project, Kuro Labs is uniquely qualified to build systems that provide the answers.

Co-Founder Jacob Leverich has a PhD in CS from Stanford University, where he studied under Professor Christos Kozyrakis in the Stanford Experimental Datacenter Lab (SEDCL).  He earned his bachelor's degree in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin, and is rumored to bleed orange.

The Team

Co-Founder Adam Oliner is a postdoctoral scholar in the EECS Department at UC Berkeley, working in the AMP Lab, which specializes in cloud computing and Big Data. He earned a PhD in computer science from Stanford University. Adam received a MEng in EECS from MIT, where he also earned degrees in computer science and mathematics. Adam led the Carat Project at UC Berkeley.

Normal is a battery diagnosis service (now available for iOS!) that suggests personalized actions you can take to extend your battery life. By aggregating data from hundreds of thousands of users, Normal is able to accurately and precisely pinpoint the battery hogs on your device, tell you whether or not this is also happening to other people, and project by how much time you will extend the battery by killing each hog.

Using Normal is simple: Install and run the app, perform any actions it suggests (at your discretion), and watch as your battery life increases!

Normal works by collecting generic usage data on your device over time—including what apps are running, what type of device you have, and the battery level—and aggregates it on our cloud platform. Normal then analyzes this data, along with data from all our other users, with proprietary statistical algorithms designed at UC Berkeley’s AMP Lab. The results, in the form of suggested actions and statistics about the battery impact of your apps, are then sent back to you.

We take privacy and security seriously (see our privacy policy and EULA). If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact us at info@kurolabs.co.

What is Normal?