Microsoft Unveils A Cortana-Powered Smart Thermostat

Microsoft have continued to grow their hardware offering, announcing a new smart Cortana-enabled Thermostat called GLAS. It's possible GLAS is meant to show you what you can do, and it might be an indication that you'll soon be seeing a lot more smart gadgets featuring Cortana.

Unveiled in a YouTube video Thursday, GLAS (pronounced "glass") is the result of a partnership between Microsoft and Johnson Controls, a maker of HVAC, fire, and security systems.

Microsoft Corporation is trying hard to make its thermostat enter the smart home appliances market. Cortana is the artificial intelligence voice assistant that is available in all the major Microsoft devices. With Cortana embedded in the device, users will not have to talk to a smart speaker or a smartphone to change the temperature of their homes, as they will be able to do so directly through GLAS. It has a touchscreen interface, and of course you can issue voice commands to Cortana, though Microsoft did not go into great detail here. "GLAS is a simple to use, elegant thermostat that brings leading energy savings and air quality monitoring to everyday spaces".


Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant is making the jump from computers and smartphones to the Internet of Things. This prompts to adjust its settings accordingly and is a great way to save money on energy bills. Although lacking a traditional graphical user interface or support for legacy applications, the platform is created to be relatively lightweight and offer the comfortable familiarity of Windows application programming interfaces (APIs) along with tight integration into the company's Azure cloud computing platform.

Currently, Microsoft and Johnson's pride rivals with other smart thermostats like the Nest, Ecobee, and Honeywell devices.

Microsoft's thermostat is also able to detect if there are people in its surroundings, and it uses this information to operate heating and air control systems in an efficient manner.


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