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The Beautiful Cortana-Powered Thermostat

Johnson Controls invented the first thermostat 135 years ago, and it’s now taking its first step into smart thermostats with the GLAS. It’s a truly unique thermostat that’s powered by Windows 10 IoT Core and Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant. It also has a 5.9-inch translucent OLED Samsung display that’s the centrepiece for such an unusual device.

The striking translucent display means the thermostat will fit into many different rooms, and Johnson Controls is targeting this at consumers. The thermostat is powered by Cortana, so you can use a digital assistant with voice controls to do all of the things Cortana is capable of and also control the thermostat itself.

I wasn’t able to test Cortana fully due to some connectivity issues in the Las Vegas casino we tried GLAS out in. Johnson Controls has basic voice feedback for Cortana right now, without any visual response. This will change once the device ships later this year, but for now the little blue circle of Cortana is all I got to see.

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