GLAS – A thermostat powered by Microsoft’s Cortana AI
The technology market is currently being ruled over by Artificial Intelligence (AI) – powered assistants. Major companies including Apple, Amazon, and Google with their Siris, Alexas, and Assistants have been generating a greater control to users over what they wish to do.
There is another major player in this segment, who still has a long way to go when it comes to competing directly with the aforementioned products, i.e. Microsoft. As noted by Tech Crunch, the Redmond giant has been in a rather weird spot as far as Cortana is concerned. The firm has launched an endless line-up of PCs powered by the modern-day Windows 10 operating system but is unable to cause an impact on the AI assistant market. It is safe to say that the company hasn’t done a great job in ensuring that the smart assistants market remains at the edge of its seat through innovations brought about in Cortana.
Nonetheless, Microsoft continues to push all that they have, forward with the main objective of drawing more attention towards Cortana. A thermostat called ‘GLAS’ which is designed by the 130-year-old Ireland-based HVAC company is going to come powered with Cortana and is scheduled to be unveiled at CES, 2018 next week.
This is the first time that Microsoft’s Cortana home assistant will be introduced on a non-Windows 10 PC product. The company also debuted Cortana on Harman Kardon’s Invoke smart-home speaker recently. Cortana is designed to assist the owners with all the possible functions on GLAS. Commands such as, “Hey Cortana, set the temperature at 68 degrees” can easily be carried out, thanks to this integration. In other words, Cortana will take care of all the standard needs that are related to home temperature in GLAS.
The pricing and availability details aren’t made available as yet. The company will probably make this information available at the CES, 2018 event.