Just recently Microsoft revealed its new smart thermostat called GLAS and which is powered by its Cortana digital assistant. The software giant unveiled the new GLAS thermostat in a YouTube video today. The Cork, Ireland-based equipment manufacturing company is credited with making the first electric room thermostat. One can manually control the device through this touchscreen and also keep track of information such as calendar schedule, air quality readings, and temperature. "Its daily reporting provides the insights needed to create the flawless atmosphere for your business, your home, the places you want to visit, the places you need to visit", says Microsoft in the product's promotional video. It features Cortana integration and is powered by the Windows 10 IoT Core operating system and Azure Cloud computing services. "Heating and cooling account for roughly 48 percent of the energy use in a typical US home, making it the largest energy expense for most families".
GLAS is highly sensitive and can detect when you are in a room. It also "constantly monitors indoor and outdoor air quality" to determine the health of your home's air. In commercial buildings, heating and cooling account for 40% of energy usage. GLAS (and you can see where the name comes from now) has an aluminum edge that attaches the thermostat to the wall and rising up from that edge is a translucent touch screen that shows things like the temperature and other touch controls.
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The fact that the thermostat has the voice of Cortana on it it's one of the first proofs of what Microsoft said a year ago. It also has sensors that are created to save energy by changing settings on the fly. The Creators Update to Windows 10 IoT Core, which the company released in March, allows smart appliances with screens to run Cortana.
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