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According to TechHive (This article and its images were originally posted on TechHive September 15, 2018 at 04:01AM.)
The GLAS smart thermostat is the most beautiful smart thermostat to hit the market since Nest shook the industry out of its complacency back in 2011. And just like Nest before it, GLAS manufacturer Johnson Controls has taken an approach no other thermostat maker has to date: It has embraced Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant.
Few would argue that the GLAS isn’t beautiful. The device is dominated by a 5-inch translucent OLED touchscreen that’s mounted to a small base housing the brains of the unit and its connections to your HVAC system. Unlike most other thermostats, which have their wiring connections on a backplate that the display half attaches to, the GLAS’s wiring is accessed from the front, hidden by a removable panel. The futuristic design looks as though could have been used in a science-fiction movie.
In building the GLAS, Johnson Controls embraced not just Cortana but also Microsoft’s Windows 10 IoT operating system. The acronym stands, of course, for the Internet of Things, and this is one of the first consumer applications we’ve seen for the OS. As such, it’s a gutsy move on Johnson Controls’ part. But if that accounts for the GLAS’s $319 price tag, it’s also a dubious one.
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