Gorgeous Cortana-powered GLAS thermostat goes up for preorder in March
Months after it was first teased, Johnson Controls' Cortana-powered thermostat is nearly ready to hit the market.
Last July, Microsoft revealed that it was working with Johnson Controls on a Cortana-powered thermostat, dubbed GLAS. But aside from an initial reveal video, both companies remained mum on when GLAS may hit the market. Now, that's all about to change: Johnson Controls has announced that GLAS will be available for preorder starting in March for $319.
The most striking aspect of GLAS is its screen, which is a translucent OLED touchscreen display. Powering the device is Windows 10 IoT Core, along with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410E embedded platform. In terms of smart features, GLAS can leverage Cortana for voice control, as well to audibly information like the current weather forecast, increases or decreases in temperature, traffic, and more.
GLAS also packs in other smart thermostat features you might expect, like adapting to your schedule to maintain a comfortable temperature when you're home while saving energy. GLAS will also be able to track air quality and report on information such as humidity, carbon dioxide levels, and volatile organic compounds.
The GLAS thermostat is expected to go up for sale sometime in March for $319. You can find more information about the preorder at Johnson Controls, along with a detailed spec sheet.
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As I'm writing this, it occurred to me that if it's linked with Cortona I don't need another thermostat for control just the sensor.
The invoke should be able to control this as well I hope.
I do recommend getting a Nest, it's the easiest way to get the most out of a thermostat.
The two thermostats I bought in 2011 have lasted till now, and they could last ten more years. A Thermostat is a long term appliance that people rely on, and this isn't for play.. Sure, if the Cortana integration were to go away these things would still function as a conventional thermostat, but that "if" is what's bad.
I can't feel bad for MS because they are the ones who do it to themselves. They will not put 100% behind EVERY product they offer.
Your T-stat location is very important. It should be mounted on an interior wall in the largest room with high traffic and highest air flow, and as close as possible to your furnace/blower air intake vent location. It also should not be in the throwing range of any supply air vents and it should be away from areas with direct sun light...