Microsoft to release a Cortana-powered thermostat

22 July, 2017, 00:27 | Author: Sam Montgomery
  • Microsoft and Johnson Controls have joined forces to make a Cortana-powered thermostat.                  Screenshot from YouTube

The software giant has partnered with Johnson Controls to build a thermostat. "Johnson Controls is reinventing the thermostat and our lives". However, it is not clear whether Microsoft plans to target both businesses and consumers with its thermostat.

A YouTube video first spotted by The Verge shows Microsoft's magnificent-looking thermostat.

The thermostat is built on Microsoft's Windows 10 IoT Core and, Cortana aside, the Redmond-based company said it will include support for Azure cloud services, too.

"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, ' reads the description beneath the YouTube video - the only source of information about the product to date". In the commercial building sector, the cost is approximately 40%. With Johnson Controls' GLAS on display, don't be surprised if you find groups of people huddled around it in your hallway, stroking their chins and quietly discussing what it means.

GLAS does the normal things most smart thermostats do: allows you to set temperature changes for a certain time, allowing you to adjust the temperature manually, etc. The Windows IoT core powered device can detect your presence and consider air quality indoors and out.

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According to Microsoft, GLAS senses when users are in the room and will constantly monitor air quality. "In addition to the local user experiences, the Azure IoT backbone enables data centralization, deeper analysis, and remote device control".

Following a demonstration of how its Cortana virtual assistant would work in cars and living rooms last May, the company just revealed it's working on a smart thermostat called GLAS.

Currently, Microsoft and Johnson's pride rivals with other smart thermostats like the Nest, Ecobee, and Honeywell devices.

Microsoft says it hopes the smart thermostat will cut down people's electricity bills - heating and cooling accounts for around 48 per cent of energy used in the USA home.

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