Microsoft reveals pre-order details for its handsome, pricey Cortana thermostat

Sheri Evans
January 12, 2018

If you're a fan of minimalist devices, you might be interested in Microsoft's upcoming Cortana-powered thermostat. Well, now it can now warm up your house.

According to the official GLAS website, the device will also allow users to "voice control [their] smart home" via Microsoft's previously-mentioned voice assistant, Cortana.

GLAS will be on display at CES 2018, coming up January 9-12.

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On January 4, the pair officially announced the coming GLAS thermostat will be available for pre-order in March 2018.

GLAS is powered by a Windows 10 IoT Core and features a gorgeous translucent touch display. But you don't even need to get out of bed to use it - all you have to do to lower the temperature is say "Hey Cortana, set the temperature to 65 degrees". GLAS can also support temperature controls, forecast weather and other skills through the mobile app. "Given that we invented the room thermostat back in the late 1800s, it's something that Johnson Controls is naturally oriented to do". Cortana can check traffic, take a look at the weather, answer questions, tell you about your calendar and more. Once it knows your settings and routines, it will know when you're home and change the temperature accordingly, which is meant to save on energy, and of course, the money that the user spends on that energy. As the name implies, it's a translucent OLED touchscreen. The AI can give you indoor and outdoor temperature reports by voice control, as well as adjust the thermostat up and down. It'll be compatible with gas, oil, and electric heating, along with ground-, air-, and water-source heat pumps, and has dual-fuel support for heat pumps.

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