Microsoft showcases a Cortana thermostat that you can't actually buy

by Fredrick Graves July 22, 2017, 0:26
Microsoft showcases a Cortana thermostat that you can't actually buy

Microsoft has partnered with Johnson Controls for this smart device. It's built by Johnson Controls, makers of the first electric room thermostat. "Its daily reporting provides the insights needed to create the ideal atmosphere for your business, your home, the places you want to visit, the places you need to visit", says Microsoft in the product's promotional video. The innovation of this smart thermostat with Cortana as its voice assistant has made it the first of its kind for the tech giant. "Heating and cooling account for roughly 48% of the energy use in a typical USA home, making it the largest energy expense for most families". If you watch the video, below, carefully you will see that the GLAS might be so named because it is largely constructed around a translucent touch screen. "In the commercial building sector, the cost is approximately 40 percent".

There's no word on a United Kingdom release date or prices, but Business Insider says the Microsoft Glas could be an indicator for "more smart gadgets featuring Cortana popping up over the next year". Cortana gives the device another twist by enabling voice commands.

To be a seriously connected device you want in your home, you'll want it to stretch further than the Microsoft ecosystem and support IFTTT to control the rest of your IoT devices using the touchscreen (integration / approval likely required) or by voice.

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The article reminds readers that Home Hub is a new Windows 10 feature that will allow the company to compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home.

It will use sensors to detect if there is a person in the room, and the thermostat will constantly monitor air quality both inside and outside.

Nothing is known for now regarding pricing or the launch date of the GLAS. Cortana was first developed for personal computers with the release of Windows 10 in 2015.


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