Microsoft unveils pre-order information on the Windows 10 GLAS thermostat

Microsoft unveils pre-order information on the Windows 10 GLAS thermostat

Last summer Microsoft announced a lovely Cortana-powered thermostat that looked like something out of a tasteful science fiction film, and now, at last, we have some more details about it. Microsoft notes that 40% of the energy use in a commercial building or home is due to heating and cooling.

Again, it's powered by Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant, so you can do all this with voice commands if you wish.

The thermostat can learn your preferred settings and your daily routine, intelligently detecting when the user is home and adjust the temperature 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. Android and iOS apps are available now with a Windows 10 app coming soon. It'll also give energy saving reports for the past week. 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". It's also possible to turn the fans on and off by voice. As the name implies, it's a translucent OLED touchscreen.

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Unlike the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker which is powered by a customized version of Linux, GLAS runs Windows 10 IoT Core.

GLAS will work with conventional, single-stage split or packaged units, up to 2H/2C, and heat pump units up to 2H/2C/2 Aux Heat.

Preorders will be available from March 2018, with Johnson Controls saying GLAS should ship sometime in Q1 2018. 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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