Microsoft and Johnson Controls unveil GLAS thermostat with built-in Cortana assistant

Microsoft and Johnson Controls unveil 1st Cortana-powered smart thermostat with pre-orders in March

On January 4, the pair officially announced the coming GLAS thermostat will be available for pre-order in March 2018. GLAS will also have similar functionality to a smart speaker. You can control the temperature, check the weather, monitor both indoor and outdoor air quality and more.

Users can also take advantage of Cortana, which is integrated into the smart thermostat, to control GLAS.

The GLAS thermostat will be running Windows 10 IoT Core, as screens are a requirement for any kind of Cortana-powered device. It is a truly smart thermostat, so it can tell when you're home and adjust the temperature accordingly. "Given that we invented the room thermostat back in the late 1800s, it's something that Johnson Controls is naturally oriented to do".


Because it's always connected to the Internet, GLAS can also adapt to your schedule and adjust temperature when you're not home. But you don't even need to get out of bed to use it - all you have to do to lower the temperature is say "Hey Cortana, set the temperature to 65 degrees". "Cortana can help you manage your calendar, inform you of traffic, answer questions, and more, so all of this information is on display in one place to help jumpstart your day before leaving the door", Microsoft explained.

And then there's the design of GLAS. The translucent 5.91-inch 16:9 touchscreen runs at 480 x 272 resolution, and sits atop of a curved metal bracket that stands 1.18-inches from the wall.

Those interested will be able to install GLAS in residential or commercial buildings and it'll support most 24VAC heating and cooling systems, which include most gas, electric, oil, radiant and forced air systems. It's priced at $319.

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