Microsoft reveals pre-order details for its lovely, pricey Cortana thermostat

Joanna Estrada
January 13, 2018

This smart home device was first unveiled previous year and it features a translucent touchscreen display.

The device itself will continually monitor air quality and adjust settings for it, as long as it's connected to the internet.

Last summer Microsoft announced a handsome 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.

With Cortana, you can change the temperature, mode, and state, along with get a report on the current temperature and air quality. The thermostat promises to automatically detect when there are people home or when the home is empty, too, and automatically adjust the settings between Home, Away, and Sleeping.

The GLAS smart thermostat powered by Microsoft's Cortana. The product will also be available for pre-order in March 2018 for $319, but you can sign up now to receive a notification when the product becomes available on the product's website.

And then there's the design of GLAS. It comes in at 5.6x5 inches, and Johnson says that it has a "crisp" resolution. That's a steep price even in the context of smart thermostats from rivals like the Nest Learning thermostat, which costs $249/£279 (around AU$317), but in this case looks are every bit as part of the appeal as function. Smart thermostats in general are aimed at helping users save money on heating and cooling bills by giving more control over how energy is used and at what time. JCI chose to build GLAS on Windows 10 IoT Core and utilize Azure IoT Hub device management capabilities, which was released with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

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