With CES fast approaching, tech companies all over the world are using the event to debut the tech of tomorrow. Johnson Controls is no different with the unveiling of its GLAS thermostat.While technically unveiled last fall, Johnson Controls is using the new year event to announce the ability to pre-order the translucent “outside-of-the-box” smart thermostat.
“Developing GLAS really allowed our team to think outside of the box, understand consumers and create a customer-backed design that is both beautiful in form and also very functional,” said Don Albinger, vice president & general manager, building automation systems, Johnson Controls. “We wanted to take our experience of designing thermostats for industrial applications and enhance the features, function and user interface of the thermostat to create a more efficient and innovative way to control a space. Given that we invented the room thermostat back in the late 1800s, it’s something that Johnson Controls is naturally oriented to do.”
The GLAS smart thermostat comes in at a pretty penny with the price of $319. You can get an Ecobee with Alexa voice support, or a Nest thermostat, for $249 — cheaper depending on where you look — for reference. However, the the above-$300 price, you’ll get a very nice looking device. On top of that, it comes with a lot of bells and whistles. They include:
- Outdoor weather information including current forecasts, temperatures, the daily highs and lows, windspeed, and the current humidity.
- Notifications that include air filter change reminders, unit service reminders, and so on.
- Microsoft Cortana controls that include voice commands to change the temperature, mode (heat,cool,or off),Thermostat state (home,away,sleep), reading of the current temperature.
Of course, the GLAS thermostat has access to Cortana’s other abilities that include your calendar, reminders, traffic, etc. It’s compatible with gas heat, oil heat, electric heat, heat pumps, and dual-fuel heat pump. GLAS runs Windows 10 IoT core and the Azure cloud platform on a Qualcomm 410R quad-core processor.
Your pre-ordered device will ship in March, just in time to spend those tax refund checks. For the full press release you can hit the source link below. Will you be ordering one of these thermostats? Let us know by leaving your comments down below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.Source: Johnson Controls
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