Cortana-powered GLAS thermostat now available for $319 (Update)
More than a year after first being teased, Johnson Controls' elegant Cortana-powered thermostat is now available to order.
Updated August 24, 2018: After a short preorder period, the GLAS thermostat is now available to order from Amazon and Microsoft as well, with shipments set to arrive as soon as next week. The original story follows.
It's been a long time coming, but the Cortana-powered GLAS thermostat from Johnson Controls is now available for preorder at $319. And if you're looking for an especially stylish piece of tech to add to your wall, it may be worth a look.
The main draw of the GLAS thermostat is its translucent OLED touchscreen display. The device is built on Windows 10 IoT Core, and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 410E embedded platform.
Along with its elegant look, GLAS also sports plenty of smarts. You can leverage Cortana for voice control of course, but the digital assistant can also give you audible readouts of information like the current weather forecast, increases or decreases in temperature, traffic, and more. But on top of Cortana, Johnson Controls says that GLAS integrates with smart home devices via Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa as well. The combination of all three will let you use GLAS as a hub for controlling your connected lights and other smart devices.
Outside of the obvious smart home controls, GLAS can automatically adjust to your schedule to maintain a comfortable temperature while you're at home and save energy. The thermostat also tracks air quality and reports on information like humidity, carbon dioxide levels, and volatile organic compounds.
It's definitely an interesting, albeit pricey, piece of tech. But if you're interested in nabbing one for yourself, GLAS is available for preorder from Johnson Controls now for $319.
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