Johnson Controls' Cortana-powered thermostat is up for pre-order in March

Microsoft and Johnson Controls unveil 1st Cortana-powered smart thermostat with pre-orders in March

Early previous year, Microsoft showed off a smart thermostat powered by Cortana and other Microsoft technologies. Just like other smart thermostats already in the market, it can continuously monitor air quality and humidity in your home and intelligently adjust temperature to save energy.

That's because you can call on Cortana's assistance instead.

A couple of months, we learned Johnson Controls had teamed up with Microsoft to create the GLAS, an interesting room thermostat featuring Cortana. But you don't even need to get out of bed to use it - all you have to do to lower the temperature is say "Hey Cortana, set the temperature to 65 degrees". You can also use it to manage your calendar, check the weather, traffic reports, and pretty much anything else that Cortana can do. 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.

It's likely that the design will prove the most striking part of the GLAS' appeal, of course.

On January 4, the pair officially announced the coming GLAS thermostat will be available for pre-order in March 2018.

Meanwhile there's also integration with various health metrics, using a bevy of sensors within the thermostat itself.

A rather lovely and futuristic looking OLED glass touchscreen displays a neat and slick user interface which offers one way to interact with the thermostat, but it can also be controlled with voice commands. 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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