GLAS Is A Beautiful Thermostat Powered By Cortana


To register for pre-order information, check out Johnson Control's GLAS page here. Just like other smart thermostats already in the market, it can continuously monitor air quality and humidity in your home and intelligently adjust temperature to save energy.

Johnson Controls and Microsoft have teamed up to build a lovely smart thermostat called GLAS. You can say things like, "Hey Cortana, adjust the temperature to 70 degrees", and the thermostat will respond and change settings accordingly.

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. The thermostat promises to automatically detect when there are people home or when the home is empty, too, and automatically adjust the settings between Home, Away, and Sleeping.

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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. Cortana will also be able to give traffic, weather, timer, calendar, reminders, and lists.

And then there's the design of GLAS.

"Developing GLAS really allowed our team to think outside of the box, understand consumers and create a customer-backed design that is both attractive in form and also very functional", said Don Albinger, vice president & general manager, building automation systems, Johnson Controls. As the name implies, it's a translucent OLED touchscreen. 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.