Cosy is a smart home thermostat that has been conceived
to appeal to home owner's emotions: people who wish to
improve the enjoyment of their home rather than buying a
Cosy is designed to be mobile and used by people where
they are. It thus controls the environment where the user is
rather than the wall where a thermostat is normally
mounted. It is very tactile, practical and will not look out of
place on a coffee table. Alternate finishes are
being produced such as acrylic, wood and ceramics bringing
individuality to a piece of home control equipment.
As with other smart thermostats, Cosy can be controlled
from mobile devices and it also controls home lighting.
Thus people do not have to return to a dark cold home, but
to one where not only the heating is on but the lights too -
even an electric blanket if all you want to do is collapse into
a warm bed after a late night out!
ComehometoCosy is therefore all about understanding how
people want to use technology and design to help them
enjoy their homes: it is about comfort and convenience.
A Cosy is also be an efficient home. By making it
easier to control heating and by applying "smarts" to the
control algorithims users no longer have to heat their homes
when they are not there - and make it more efficient to do
so when they are.
There are an increasing number of smart thermostats on
the market today but most seek to apply good design to an
existing paradigm - a thermostat that goes on a wall. Cosy
seeks to challenge this paradigm and make the thermostat a
tactile user-friendly piece of home technology that lives and
works where people are - not on a wall.
I am a co-founder and director of Green Energy Options (geo). We are pioneers in the design and development of home energy management systems. We focus on engaging people and understanding what makes them tick - which helps us make products and services that are sought out and enjoyed, not just bought and ignored.