Microsoft's semi-transparent, Cortana-powered smart thermostat will be available for pre-order...


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If you're a fan of minimalist devices, you might be interested in Microsoft's upcoming Cortana-powered thermostat. Developed in partnership with Johnson Controls and officially revealed last year, the device -- dubbed the GLAS -- features a semi-transparent, touchscreen display with a number of smart energy-saving features.

The GLAS takes things a step further than other smart thermostats on the market by offering users real-time air quality monitoring. No matter where you install the device, the GLAS will reportedly be capable of monitoring indoor tVOC, humidity and eCO2 levels while simultaneously monitoring outdoor pollen levels, all while "intelligently" adjusting its settings to suit ever-changing air conditions.

According to the official GLAS website, the device will also allow users to "voice control [their] smart home" via Microsoft's previously-mentioned voice assistant, Cortana.

Like many other smart thermostats out there, you'll be able to control most aspects of the GLAS via a dedicated smartphone app. Within the app, users can effectively monitor energy savings and check their home's air quality while out and about. The GLAS app will also feature "smart scheduling," though it's unclear exactly what that means at the moment.

As intriguing as Microsoft and Johnson Controls' upcoming device may be, it'll also be a bit more expensive than other competing thermostats on the market with a suggested retail price of $319. If you want to learn more, you can visit the official product page over on the Johnson Controls website. Pre-orders for the device will open up to the public sometime in March.

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Well I would be very interested in this semi-transparent (don't know why it can't be fully transparent) but it's a start for me. Cost wise is expected but I have LUX right now would be nice to upgrade from current touch screen tech which is pretty smart. But would like more control over the temp in rooms that get warm to hot and what outside temp is so the house humidity would be more regulated. I am not a fan of NEST and I know LUX has Smart one also but those two look buggy mostly first gen. Cortana controlling my house temp interesting.. I wonder if I could be tester on that. Just have to look into it more. $319 is high yeah but that is what work is for! LOL


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Yes, transparency is just what I need here. It is so important to be able to see the wall behind it.
Absolutely. Personally, I would prefer it if all the walls in my house (Especially in my bedroom) were transparent.

It'll be a new style, we can call it "absolute minimalism".
Absolute minimalism is when you can see through the walls because there aren't any up. It's a pain to remove support walls and have new support beams installed, but well worth it to have more open space.
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Absolutely. Personally, I would prefer it if all the walls in my house (Especially in my bedroom) were transparent..
Just make sure you make your pajamas out of the same material in the same colors as your bedding. You should always wear camouflage when you're going out, (or rather in and out), on "maneuvers".