Johnson Controls Crams Cortana Into GLAS OLED Smart Thermostat

Alfred Osborne
January 12, 2018

And Ecobee4 has brought Amazon's Alexa to the smart thermostat arena at a price of $249 which beats the $319 price tag GLAS will have when it's available for preorder in March.

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

With Cortana, you can change the temperature, mode, and state, along with get a report on the current temperature and air quality. Developed in partnership with Johnson Controls and officially revealed previous year, the device - dubbed the GLAS - features a semi-transparent, touchscreen display with a number of smart energy-saving features. It is a truly smart thermostat, so it can tell when you're home and adjust the temperature accordingly. "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.

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The new thermostat, dubbed GLAS, uses Microsoft's own voice-activated assistant Cortana.

And then there's the design of GLAS. GLAS can also support temperature controls, forecast weather and other skills through the mobile app. "We wanted to take our experience of designing thermostats for industrial applications and enhance the features, function and user interface of the thermostat to create a more efficient and innovative way to control a space". 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. JCI chose to build GLAS on Windows 10 IoT Core and utilize Azure IoT Hub device management capabilities, which was released with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

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