Microsoft announced a smart thermostat running Cortana
Smart thermostat on the market is far from a novelty. But if such products are in demand, so they may be interested in creating a sufficiently large manufacturers. So, Microsoft could not resist, so has announced its own smart thermostat GLAS. But still under the control of a virtual assistant Cortana. Assist in the development of the Redmond giant company called Johnson Controls, which specializes in the creation of equipment for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning.
At the heart of the device is specially adapted for the Internet of Things are running Windows 10 IoT Core. Also GLAS thermostat is equipped with a stylish transparent glass screen, which displays the main interface elements. Thermostat can be controlled by voice commands, which will respond to friendly voice assistant - she Cortana from the popular Halo video game series. GLAS is able to monitor the air quality and temperature, both outside and inside the premises, as well as to automatically determine when the landlord returned home from work and he is in a room. Thus, the thermostat will carefully conserve energy by adjusting heating and electricity consumption.
If you look closely at the first promotional video, it is clear that GLAS aimed not only for use in private homes, but also in companies and medical institutions. Unfortunately, not yet reported exactly when the device goes on sale and how much it will cost.