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

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

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

Just like other smart thermostats already in the market, it can continuously monitor air quality and humidity in your home and intelligently adjust temperature to save energy. The GLAS thermostat is available for pre-order in March and retails at a price of $319 United States dollars.

Created in partnership with Johnson Controls, the GLAS thermostat will use Cortana's smart machine learning and Microsoft's Azure cloud platform to track both indoor and outdoor air quality and adjust the thermostat accordingly to a user's preferences or preassigned settings.

The GLAS thermostat will be running Windows 10 IoT Core, as screens are a requirement for any kind of Cortana-powered device. "Given that we invented the room thermostat back in the late 1800s, it's something that Johnson Controls is naturally oriented to do". Developed in partnership with Johnson Controls and officially revealed past year, the device - dubbed the GLAS - features a semi-transparent, touchscreen display with a number of smart energy-saving features. 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 check traffic, take a look at the weather, answer questions, tell you about your calendar and more.

"Developing GLAS really allowed our team to think outside of the box, understand consumers and create a customer-backed design that is both lovely in form and also very functional", said Don Albinger, vice president & general manager, building automation systems, Johnson Controls.

And then there's the design of GLAS. It's also compatible with virtually all types of 24VAC heating and cooling systems, so you should be able to install it in your home or office with few complications.