Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Microsoft unveils pre-order information on the Windows 10 GLAS thermostat

Microsoft unveils pre-order information on the Windows 10 GLAS thermostat

That's because you can call on Cortana's assistance instead.

Microsoft has announced that JCI (Johnson Controls) has launched a new smart thermostat called GLAS that uses Windows 10 IoT Core as the operating system and integrates Cortana.

GLAS will be on display at CES 2018, coming up January 9-12. Microsoft has now started taking pre-orders for the GLAS.

While GLAS is hardly the first smart thermostat, its use of a powerful virtual assistant helps it stand out from the likes of Hive and Nest smart devices. If you are across the room and snug in a warm blanket and you want the heat turned down, you can say "Hey Cortana, set the temperature to 68-degrees".

"Developing GLAS really allowed our team to think outside of the box, understand consumers and create a customer-backed design that is both handsome in form and also very functional", said Don Albinger, vice president & general manager, building automation systems, Johnson Controls. "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. Over time, the device will learn to detect when someone is or is not home and adjust settings accordingly. You can control the temperature, check the weather, monitor both indoor and outdoor air quality and more.

It's likely that the design will prove the most striking part of the GLAS' appeal, of course. Made by Johnson Controls, the thermostat is a pane of translucent OLED touchscreen mounted on the wall, though your fingers aren't required when it comes to setting the temperature. No word on a price or release date for the device.

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