Microsoft unveils a lovely Cortana-powered thermostat

Microsoft unveils a beautiful Cortana-powered thermostat

Johnson Controls introduce a new smart thermostat powered by Microsoft Azure Cloud, Cortana and Windows IoT (video)

However, Microsoft GLAS is not the first thermostat to come with smart assistant and voice recognition tech.

In general, smart thermostats is a new technology that gives users remote control over their home's temperature using a tablet, smartphone, desktop or a built in system.

YouTube comments are typically a cesspool of internet trolls hating the world, but take some time to look at the comments under this video, as they're nearly universally in love with this device. The Glas thermostat with voice controls was announced in a YouTube video, spotted first by The Verge.

The thermostat is built on Microsoft's Windows 10 IoT Core and, Cortana aside, the Redmond-based company said it will include support for Azure cloud services, too. Now heating and cooling account for almost half of energy use in a typical home in the US. The video also suggests that GLAS can be installed in a variety of places, whether it is in the home or at a business, even in an industrial setting. In commercial buildings, heating and cooling account for 40% of energy usage.

Microsoft unveils a beautiful Cortana-powered thermostat
Microsoft enters the smart home market with a slick Cortana-based thermostat

Similar to rival smart thermostats like Google's Nest or Hive in the UK, GLAS can detect whether you're in the room, and tells you what the air quality is. Users can also make voice commands with the help of Cortana.

GLAS has an aesthetically pleasing design, featuring a translucent touchscreen but as yet its price is unknown as is its release date.

The latest addition to the smart thermostat space is a product that includes Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant. The company's Windows 10 IoT Core operating system could be the future of Smart Home applications and devices.

Microsoft says it hopes the smart thermostat will cut down people's electricity bills - heating and cooling accounts for around 48 per cent of energy used in the USA home.

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