Microsoft unveils a Cortana-powered thermostat

The latest addition to the smart thermostat space is a product that includes Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant.

We’re all familiar with the rise of the internet-enabled thermostats, thanks to the development of companies like Nest, and now Microsoft is entering the space after it partnered with Johnson Controls to develop a product called GLAS.

The rather stunning looking thermostat was quietly unveiled in the YouTube video below — hat tip The Verge for spotting.

GLAS includes a touchscreen to allow manual controls and check on information, including temperature, air quality readings and calendar schedule. Cortana gives the device another twist by enabling voice commands. The video claims sensors allow GLAS to detect when people are in a room or not, allowing it to operate heating and air control systems more efficiently.

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