Attention all campers! We have a new product to help enhance your camping experience. Have you ever gone hiking somewhere, but, even after a long day of exercise, you cannot fall asleep because you are shivering even under that thick sleeping bag? Well we have the solution for you!
Introducing the one and only Cozy Cocoon! The Cozy Cocoon is a temperature regulated sleeping bag that will keep you nice and cozy even on the coldest of nights. Worried about camping somewhere with a harsher climate than you’re used to? Never fear! This technologically advanced sleeping bag will allow you to stay warm no matter where you are by sensing the outside temperature and adjusting to your needs. Do you prefer to sleep in a warmer temperature than the average person? Cozy Camping can be set to a temperature just right for you! Get ready to take your camping experience to the next level!
How does it work?
This technologically innovative sleeping bag makes use of a feedforward control system to ensure that you are kept nice and warm despite freezing temperatures outside. A feedforward control system works by measuring a potential disturbance (such as the outside temperature) and adjusting before the desired output can be affected. For the Cozy Cocoon, the control system works by measuring the outside temperature outside the sleeping bag and determining how much heat needs to be released from the sleeping bag in order to keep the temperature inside at the exact temperature you desire! The baseline temperature that the thermostat will be set at is 70 degrees fahrenheit, but there will be a customizable function that allows you to program the sleeping bag to be anywhere from 65 to 75 degrees fahrenheit. This sleeping bag works much like an electric blanket, but it is able to adjust its heat output in order to keep the temperature at what you desire. The control system will be able to respond to the changing temperatures outside quickly and efficiently! As soon as the sleeping bag detects a drop in temperature, the heater inside will adjust the heat output in order to compensate for the loss. This ensures that even if the temperature were to drop dramatically throughout the night, you would remain nice and toasty!
Our design is like an upgraded electric blanket. It works with similar technology. Electric blankets consist of three main components: the cloth, the heating element (insulated wire), and the power source. The Cozy Cocoon also has these three elements incorporated, each designed with campers in mind. Cozy Cocoon is made of the highest quality blend of fabrics. It is made of four different layers of materials. The first layer consists of a blanket like material, such as a polyester and acrylic blend that has insulation properties essential in keeping you nice and toasty all night long! The second, middle layer contains the wiring and heating coils. The third layer consists of thermal leno or open crochet that enables the heat to be projected downward to keep your body warm all throughout the night. Finally, the outside layer is made of a nylon taffeta that is coated with a durable water repellant so that even the most torrential storm cannot harm your Cozy Cocoon.
The Heating Element
Like an electric blanket, the Cozy Cocoon will be heated using an insulated wire that lines the entire sleeping bag. When a normal electric blanket is turned on, a current passes through the wire causing the blanket to get warm. With our control system implemented, the measurement of the outside air temperature will be factored into the heating element. If the temperature drops, the control system will adjust the amount of heat supplied by changing the flow of current through the wire. Without this control system, a temperature drop outside would result in more heat being lost to the environment and a decrease in the internal sleeping bag temperature. However, once the current flowing through the wire is increased, the heat supplied to the bag will compensate for the heat being lost to the external environment. This will result in a nice, constant temperature inside of the Cozy Cocoon.
The Power Source
You might be wondering how, in the middle of the woods, you are going to be able to power the sleeping bag. Well don’t worry we have found a solution! Here at Cozy Camping we seek to be environmentally friendly and are always trying to find new ways of enjoying nature without causing it any harm. With that thought in mind, we created a solar powered battery that will ensure your warmth and keep the Earth healthy! There is a small solar panel on the outside of the sleeping bag, that can store energy during the day. So, while you’re out hiking and exploring the great outdoors, the sleeping bag will be powering up and come bed time it will be all ready to provide you a comfortable night of sleep! Camping in an area without much sunlight? Never fear, you can still use the Cozy Cocoon on your adventure! The Cozy Cocoon comes with an alternative battery that is not solar powered. While the solar powered battery comes attached, the other battery can easily be switched to allow for heating when there is no sun available to charge your battery!
How is it Controlled?
You may ask, how does this differ from a normal electric blanket? Besides the fact that it is portable and has an outer shell that is waterproof, Cozy Cocoon controls the amount of heat released into the sleeping bag by responding to disturbances. The largest disturbance that would greatly affect the temperature inside the sleeping bag is the outdoor temperature. There currently is in existence an electric blanket with a temperature responsive control circuit. We have based our design off of this idea. Inside this electric blanket, the amount of heat released is controlled by a silicon controlled rectifier which is sensitive to the temperature. This will allow you to sleep at your ideal temperature without waking up to adjust the setting of the electric blanket. This feedforward loop will act quickly by causing heat to be released when the temperature drops outside. On average, the Cozy Cocoon will take only 10 minutes to heat up when it is turned on. This means that your sleeping bag can be heating up when you are setting up the rest of your campsite and will be nice and warm as soon as you crawl inside! Then, once it is already on and working, the feedforward system will respond quickly enough that there will be little disturbance in the inside temperature of the bag when the outside temperature is changing. This type of control will keep your sleeping bag at the perfect temperature for you. Satisfaction guaranteed!
Because the temperature control system significantly decreases the opportunity for overheating, the Cozy Cocoon eliminates many of the health issues regarding heated blankets. Still it is recommended that pregnant women, persons with disabilities, young children, and elderly only use the Cozy Cocoon under the supervision of others in the rare case that the heat controls fail. Additionally, despite the waterproof outside of the material, it is essential that caution be exercised when operating the Cozy Cocoon in wet conditions. If any part of the inner sleeping bag gets wet, do not turn on the heating controls. Not adhering to this regulation could result in electrocution. To accommodate for campers who frequently adventure in wet conditions, another version of the Cozy Camper will be made available soon, This version will have a waterproof lining throughout the entire bag including the inside. Caution should still be exercised when using this sleeping bag, however the protective lining on the inside will provide higher levels of safety. When used with care and regard to the unlikely complications, the Cozy Cocoon is a safe and reliable way to stay warm on all your camping endeavours!
Coming Soon: The Cool Cocoon!
Currently in the works at Cozy Camping is our newest edition sleeping bag, the Cool Cocoon! While the Cozy Cocoon is ideal for sub-zero temperatures, the Cool Cocoon is perfect for those steamy summer nights. We are currently working on a technology that will release colder air into the sleeping bag rather than heat. With this new innovation, you will be able to stay nice and cool inside your sleeping bag despite scorching temperatures outside. The Cool Cocoon works just like the Cozy Cocoon and has a feedforward control system to regulate the bag temperature. However, this sleeping bag works as the temperature outside rises. When the outside temperature is climbing, the control system takes a measurement and adjusts the cool air flow to the bag. Thus, you will stay nice and cool without having to wake up and adjust any settings. No more sleepless nights because it is too hot and you can’t stop sweating! Look for the Cool Cocoon coming to stores near you in the summer of 2018!
The Cozy Cocoon is available in most camping and retail stores near you! Think of the countless adventures and exciting places you could explore with the ability to stay warm at night even in subzero conditions! Don’t be the only one shivering on a cold night camping in the woods. Purchase a Cozy Cocoon today and we guarantee you will be one happy camper!
By Erin Rome, Caroline Harmon, and Emily Moore