Published On: Thu, Jul 20th, 2017

Microsoft unveils a Cortana-powered thermostat


The latest further to a intelligent thermostat space is a product that includes Microsoft’s Cortana practical assistant.

We’re all informed with a arise of a internet-enabled thermostats, interjection to a growth of companies like Nest, and now Microsoft is entering a space after it partnered with Johnson Controls to rise a product called GLAS.

The rather overwhelming looking thermostat was sensitively denounced in a YouTube video next — shawl tip The Verge for spotting.

GLAS includes a touchscreen to concede primer controls and check on information, including temperature, atmosphere peculiarity readings and calendar schedule. Cortana gives a device another turn by enabling voice commands. The video claims sensors concede GLAS to detect when people are in a room or not, permitting it to work heating and atmosphere control systems some-more efficiently.

The thermostat is built on Microsoft’s Windows 10 IoT Core and, Cortana aside, a Redmond-based association pronounced it will embody support for Azure cloud services, too. (Although during this indicate it isn’t accurately transparent that services and how.)

There’s no word of pricing or accessibility for GLAS, we’ve contacted Microsoft to get some-more details.

Microsoft pronounced final year it would open Cortana adult to third-parties — both on a program and hardware side of things — and this bid from Johnson Control is one of a initial to emerge, alongside a intelligent orator from Harman Kardon that was teased final year.

GLAS isn’t a initial thermostat to make use of a intelligent partner and voice approval tech, however. Ecobee is building Alexa into a thermostats and intelligent light switches, while a Amazon is also headed to places like a TV knowledge after Dish put it into a set-top boxes.

We’ve pronounced before that third-party partnerships are pivotal to Amazon building Alexa into a widespread force in a home, and this partnership with Johnson Controls — that looks considerable in a promotional materials — shows that a same relates to Microsoft and Cortana.

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