Microsoft and Johnson Controls unveil GLAS thermostat with built-in Cortana assistant

The GLAS smart thermostat powered by Microsoft’s Cortana

The GLAS smart thermostat powered by Microsoft’s Cortana

By far the most striking thing about GLAS is the translucent glass display that gives it its name, but it's also packed with a host of features (that, mind you, tend to be common with smart thermostats). You can control the temperature, check the weather, monitor both indoor and outdoor air quality and more.

That's because you can call on Cortana's assistance instead.

Johnson Controls is pricing the GLAS at $319.

Johnson Controls' GLAS smart thermostat is probably the most handsome smart thermostat you can get right now.

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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. 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". 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.

And then there's the design of GLAS. It will also be possible to tweak the temperature from anywhere by using the GLAS smart thermostat app for iOS, Android and Windows 10 or a web dashboard. The thermostat comes equipped with a translucent touchscreen. It's also compatible with virtually all types of 24VAC heating and cooling systems, so you should be able to install it in your home or office with few complications.

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.

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