Microsoft unveils Cortana VA-powered thermostat

Microsoft unveils Cortana VA-powered thermostat

Redmond-based Microsoft Corporation has unveiled a Cortana virtual assistant-powered thermostat called GLAS that it will build in partnership with Johnson Controls.

GLAS boasts a touchscreen that will allow users to manually control and check on information, such as temperature, calendar schedule and air quality readings.

Cortana virtual assistant gives GLAS another twist by enabling voice commands. The YouTube video claims that sensors allow the device to detect when an individual is in a room or not. It will allow it to operate air control and heating systems more efficiently.

The new thermostat is built on the software giant’s Windows 10 IoT Core and Cortana. But, it is also supported by Azure cloud services.

The Redmond tech giant, however, uttered no word on the pricing or release date for the new device.

Microsoft’s GLAS is not going to be the first of its kind thermostat. Ecobee, for instance, is building Alexa into its thermostats as well as smart light switches, while Amazon is also preparing to brig the virtual assistant technology to devices like TVs after Dish placed it into its set-top boxes.

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