As far back as Nikola Tesla and the science fiction novels of the late 19th century, writers and inventors have dared to dream of homes that allow us to communicate, control and automate our local environments.

From exhibitions at the World’s Fairs of the 1930s to J.A.R.V.I.S. (Tony Stark/Iron Man‘s robust home automation system/A.I.), home automation has long been a lofty goal of humankind. And while Cosy–one of the new faces in the home automation game–isn’t quite J.A.R.V.I.S., it is an elegant, affordable, and very exciting piece of the home automation puzzle.

Cosy is the brainchild of the folks at geo (Green Energy Options), near Cambridge in the UK. Though they’ve been around since 2006, Cosy is their first direct-to-consumer product.

Cosy System

The system itself is simple, made up of the Hub, the Display, and the Switch, which work in concert to monitor and control your heating. The Cosy App on your iPhone/Android device allows you to interact with and customize Cosy to suit your needs, preferences and schedule. (Fellow nerds: you can find more details on the hardware here.)

More than just a switch for turning the heating on and off, Cosy allows you to make use of different controls like the Cosy Boost, Comfy, Slumber, and Hibernate functions, which give you a more practical method for adjusting the temperate of your home. What’s more, when you go away for the weekend and set Cosy to ‘Hibernate’ to save some energy, the Cosy system will ensure that your pipes don’t freeze during a cold snap by maintaining a frost protection minimum temperature.

Using Cosy

Cosy isn’t done, though. The reason for the Kickstarter lies in Cosy’s ambition and geo’s plans for the future of Cosy: the Welcome Home feature, which uses Smart Plugs.

Smart Plugs, when paired with the Welcome Home feature in the Cosy App, allow you to schedule and control devices like lamps, appliances, and music players to get your home just the way you like it before you even walk in the door. Coming home to a cosy, well-lit house with your favorite tunes playing is the perfect way to end a long day. And this is exactly where Cosy pulls ahead of competitors like Nest and Tado.

While the idea is the same on a fundamental level (energy conservation and heating control), Nest and Tado are limited to the heating controls for the time being (given that Nest’s smoke/carbon monoxide alarm falls into a little bit different category). These limits don’t exist for Cosy.

Using Cosy

The beauty of Cosy is in its potential. An agile system with a driven team, Cosy has potential that reaches far beyond the initial heating control offering. They’ve constructed a system that will make it easy to add new components as the geo team finds new ways to make life easier. The entire Cosy system runs on geo’s Legato protocol, which makes it over-the-air upgradable as updates become available in the future.

Cosy is truly one of the most exciting new faces in the home automation game. Rivaling Nest and Tado in functionality, aesthetic and price point (though you can save an extra £50 by buying the system on Kickstarter), Cosy has the potential to reach further into the heart of home automation and uncover new ways to make our homes more efficient, more intuitive, and more cosy than ever before.

So what are you waiting for? Sit back, settle in and get Cosy.

Meet Megan Logan

Megan is a gadget-lover, sound-maker and all-around life enthusiast. Because gadgets and tech are so close to her heart, it's rumored that she's got a ticker of brushed aluminum, a la the Tin Man.