About this project
Cosy is a unique wireless home solution that allows you and your family to control your home environment, so you always come home to cosy.
And it's very easy to install
- Download the App at the App Store or Google Play
- Install the Switch & plug in the Hub
- Power up the Display and you’re good to go
So much more than heating control
Cosy is a whole-home, agile solution with far-reaching potential. It’s much more than just heating control – it’s environment control. After all, you wouldn’t call a dark, silent home ‘cosy’, would you? With your help, we can offer device control as standard so that you can schedule lamps, appliances or even the radio to switch on and off according to your Cosy home preference.
Cosy’s thermostat is different too: it either sits on its docking station or it can be moved around with you. That way the true temperature of the heating is where you are, not a drafty corridor or a room you don’t often use.
Multi-user, multi-fuel, multi-talented
Cosy is heating control at your fingertips - for al the fingertips that make up your home. Everyone can have a say and you can always check what's been changed on the activity screen. And it's multi-fuel, so you don't have to feel left out if you are running your home on LPG!
So much more than ‘on’ and ‘off’
With Cosy your home responds to your needs as you feel them: Cosy boost when you’re cold, Comfy for a relaxing night in, Slumber as you sleep and Hibernate when you’re going away. We understand that life is little more complicated than ‘on’ and ‘off’.
Efficiency and cost-saving
A Cosy home is an agile home: when you’re out and about, spontaneity strikes or you get back late from a day out you can make sure the heating is off. We’ve made it easy for you to make sure your home isn’t working hard for you when don’t need it to. All it takes is the touch of a button to send your home to sleep.
Crucially, turning your heating off by putting it into Hibernate includes a frost protection minimum temperature that means your pipes will never freeze.
What's in it for you?
How Cosy works
The board has a processor, wireless chip, Ethernet chip and on-board storage. The board also has an Ethernet port, an input for the power jack and a USB port that gives us the option to expand the hardware at a later date.
The Switch controls the boiler. The PCB has connections for mains power as well as terminals for wiring the Switch into the thermostat loop; a relay on the board is responsible for closing and opening the circuit (turning your boiler on and off).
The Display replaces your existing thermostat, it has a temperature sensor and a built-in battery (lasts for days).
Who’s idea was all this?
Green Energy Options (geo)
We are Green Energy Options (geo), an innovative technology company based near Cambridge in the UK. We’ve been working on energy solutions since 2006 and have sold more than one million energy displays worldwide.
Rapid prototyping (a lesson in how not to be afraid)
We began rapid prototyping in the summer of 2013; we sketched out product designs, developed core functionality and researched customer needs and expectations. We knew we were up against products like Nest and Tado, but we also knew we had more tricks up our sleeves than they could offer.
Autumn 2013: Release 0 (R0)
The first (not very pretty) units went into our R0 trial homes in November of 2013 and immediately we saw the impact Cosy could have. It wasn’t just the flexibility and convenience of the app, it was the heating modes: we’ve all become so used to ‘on’ and ‘off’ that the idea of an adjustable, agile system was a revelation.
March 2014: Release 1 (R1)
Spurred on by the success of R0 and the feedback from our various focus groups we moved into developing our consumer prototype. This bundle contains the core functionality and is designed to test consumer feedback on our initial consumer designs.
And we have thought long and hard about your first impressions when you open the box; about how to make it a simple and enjoyable experience. Not many people read a manual from cover to cover so we have a set of cue cards for you with a simple 1-5 set of steps.
Autumn 2014: Release 2 (R2)
Who's on the team?
Simon Anderson, Chief Strategy Officer & Cosy Product Director: I’ve been keen to run this whole project from a user’s perspective – to make it appealing to all of you. I lead our creative team and from the start we’ve been defining what it is we want to achieve: running focus groups, designing the look and feel of the product, packaging, apps etc. To date we’ve made products to our clients’ specifications so it’s great to start with a blank sheet of paper and design, from end-to-end, the kind of product we believe can succeed.
Dan Cade, Hardware Design Engineer: On Cosy I’m responsible for all aspects of electronic hardware design including industrial design support and development, selection of materials, hardware validation and regulatory approvals. Tell us something we don’t know: Despite my very indoor job I’m a very outdoor person: I enjoy running and mountain biking.
Receive all the latest news, test schedules, beta status and development news before anyone else. If you’re interested in our next generation home solution, that will include hot water and zoning, we’ll give you all the information you need to make an informed decision as we head to a release date. You’ll also have the chance to suggest updates and inform future features. We’ll also reserve you a R2 with a guaranteed 10% discount - either on the whole system or on the upgrades you’ll need having bought now.
Pledge £10 for a limited edition t-shirt (50 purple / 50 pink available)
Support Cosy with a limited edition #getcosy t-shirt. You can choose from two: a funky purple one that proves your early adopter prowess or a cheeky pink one that could start some interesting conversations. The choice is yours! Either way, you’d be helping us get valuable funding to get Cosy off the ground. You’ll also have the chance to suggest updates and inform future features.
Pledge £150 for a Cosy system + 1 x Smart Plug *early bird* (50 available)
Download the app, install the switch and away you go. With multi-user access and a wireless thermostat you’ll always come home to Cosy. You’ll also have the chance to suggest updates and inform future features.
Pledge £199 for a Cosy system + 1 x Smart Plug (300 available)
Missed out on the early bird offer? Don’t worry; you’re still saving £50 off the expected high street price. Download the app, install the switch and away you go. With multi-user access and a wireless thermostat you’ll always come home to Cosy. You’ll also have the chance to suggest updates and inform future features.
Additional Smart Plugs
Once the product has launched, you'll be able to purchase additional Smart Plugs to schedule appliances to come on and off when you want. We recommend them on lamps for when you come home, a radio for some company and maybe even your electric blanket. The possibilities are endless.
Risks and challenges
As we get close to making Cosy a reality we accept there are a few things left along the way that might trip us up. No project gets from concept to shop floor without a few of us going noticeably greyer or working silly hours. To name these would be like nailing jelly to a wall, but we know there are risks in this as in any project and we have a decent set of contingency plans.
From delays in production to human error we’ve seen and dealt with a lot we could never have predicted; since 2006 we’ve been ironing out the things we know we can control and gritting our teeth through the things we can’t. We have an extremely experienced supply chain team and are confident we’ll weather minor hiccoughs.
That said: Cosy has been developed entirely in the UK using local suppliers (where this fits our budget and requirements). On previous projects most of the problems we’ve had have been around overseas manufacturing (national holidays, shipping delays etc.). Basing production overseas takes huge effort to set up and maintain. In effect having a UK supply chain works in our favour; unlike overseas production we can hop on the train and sort out problems as they arise.
Barring the most extreme circumstances the main challenge will come with how we approach the next release. We’ve performed a comprehensive set of trials and taken on board customer feedback but we know that Cosy is far from being the fully-fledged product we want it to be (zoned heating, hot water). We accept that as this is our Release 1 we have to be open to customer comments, listen carefully, plan meticulously and be responsive to constructive criticism.
In other words: a thick skin, a clear head and the drive to keep improving Cosy will see us through.
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