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Microsoft’s Unveils GLAS, a Stylish Cortana-Powered Thermostat

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Microsoft’s Unveils GLAS, a Stylish Cortana-Powered Thermostat

The smart thermostat 'knows when you're in the room, and when you're not,' and 'intelligently changes its settings' to save energy.

Step aside, Nest: Microsoft just unveiled a Cortana-powered thermostat.

Unveiled in a YouTube video Thursday, GLAS (pronounced "glass") is the result of a partnership between Microsoft and Johnson Controls, a maker of HVAC, fire, and security systems. Check out the video below for a peek at the stylish thermostat, which features a see-through touch screen.

"As the inventors of the first thermostat, Johnson Controls has innovated once again with GLAS," Microsoft wrote in the video's description. "GLAS is a simple to use, elegant thermostat that brings leading energy savings and air quality monitoring to everyday spaces."

The device runs Windows 10 IoT Core, a version of Redmond's operating system optimized for smaller devices, and is powered by the company's Azure cloud services. It's also the latest gadget to be integrated with Microsoft's voice-based personal assistant Cortana.

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The device "knows when you're in the room, and when you're not," and "intelligently changes its settings" to save energy, according to the video. It also "constantly monitors indoor and outdoor air quality" to determine the health of your home's air.


Microsoft appears to be marketing GLAS for consumers and businesses. "Heating and cooling account for roughly 48 percent of the energy use in a typical US home, making it the largest energy expense for most families," Microsoft wrote in the video's description. "In the commercial building sector, the cost is approximately 40 percent."

There's no word as to when GLAS will be available, or how much it will cost.

Meanwhile, this new thermostat comes after Microsoft in May introduced the Cortana-powered Harman Kardon Invoke speaker.

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