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GLAS Is A Beautiful Thermostat Powered By Cortana

GLAS Is A Beautiful Thermostat Powered By Cortana

Microsoft and Johnson Controls today debuted a new smart thermostat called GLAS that includes Cortana and runs on the Windows 10 IoT platform.

To register for pre-order information, check out Johnson Control's GLAS page here.

Again, it's powered by Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant, so you can do all this with voice commands if you wish. GLAS will track indoor and outdoor air quality and then adjust temperatures accordingly.

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But with Microsoft putting a lot of effort into machine learning, we can expect Cortana to keep getting smarter and for GLAS to be one of the most capable smart thermostats around.

GLAS can also be controlled with a dedicated app for iOS and Android, while a WIndows 10 app is in the work to provide control from desktop machines. Microsoft notes that 40% of the energy use in a commercial building or home is due to heating and cooling. You can say things like, "Hey, Cortana, set the temperature to 72 degrees", and it will be adjusted. It's also possible to turn the fans on and off by voice. Cortana will also be able to give traffic, weather, timer, calendar, reminders, and lists. Up to 20 thermostats can be installed in a single location.

It's likely that the design will prove the most striking part of the GLAS' appeal, of course. The thermostat comes equipped with a translucent touchscreen. The thermostat runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410E processor, and it's powered by Windows IoT Core which allows it to utilize Microsoft's Azure IoT cloud platform as well. An auxiliary output can control humidifiers, dehumidifiers, ventilators, energy recovery ventilators, or heat recovery ventilators.


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