Microsoft has been marketing the Cortana aggressively but when it comes to smart speakers and IoT the Amazon products have established the lead. Microsoft recently showcased a smart thermostat developed in collaboration with Johnson Controls. The device offers a set of functionalities similar to the Nest but instead bundles it with Cortana voice controls. The GLAS Thermostat can be directly controlled via Cortana voice commands and doesn’t need a speaker or a hub to do so. Microsoft’s promo video shows off the GLAS in full glory.
The GLAS comes with a translucent touchscreen and it continuously monitors the outdoor air quality and adjusts the thermostat accordingly. GLAS also displays the calendar along with important notifications. The device is based on Windows 10 IoT core and it also detects your presence in the room. However, at this juncture Microsoft/Johnson controls is yet to announce the pricing details or even availability details for GLAS.
Back in May this year Microsoft had announced the Cortana Skills Kit with an aim to integrate Cortana in all your appliances. During the announcement, Microsoft showcased the Harman Kardon smart speakers. The GLAS probably derives its name from the translucent screen that is aesthetically well appointed. Needless to say just like most of the other thermostats out there, the GLAS is designed to save energy by constantly adapting to the weather conditions.
Microsoft apparently had a grand vision for Cortana but that seemed to have hit a dead end with the Windows Phones on the brink of extinction. The company however made Cortana available to other platforms and also implemented the same on their very own Windows 10 PC. Now the company wants to foster an ecosystem of Cortana powered devices that can seamlessly communicate with each other and can be controlled directly by Cortana commands.