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GLAS is a Cortana powered, sci-fi chic smart thermostat

Microsoft isn't messing around when it comes to the Cortana home

We knew Cortana smart thermostats were coming and GLAS from Johnson Controls is the first to make itself known. Rocking a semi-transparent touchscreen display and industrial sci-fi chic, the device, made by Johnson Controls, runs Windows 10 IoT Core and features voice controls via Microsoft's AI assistant.

The teaser video below shows features including checking and controlling temperature as well as view calendars, air quality and energy usage data. For indoor air quality, at least, there are built-in sensors for continuous monitoring and the device will be able to sense when you're in the room too.

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We don't have firm features, specs, price or release date yet for the smart thermostat, but we'd expect it to follow the first Cortana smart home device, the Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker, which is due to launch this fall in the US. Microsoft also announced that Cortana controlled appliances, fridges and connected car devices are coming. We'll update this story when we have more details.

The video and YouTube blurb mention Azure cloud services and show off some business settings, so it's not yet clear whether Microsoft and Johnson Controls will sell this as a consumer product to rival Google's Nest range and Alexa-powered thermostats from the likes of Ecobee.

We hope they do - note to Amazon, this is how you get retro aesthetics right on a smart home hub.


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