Johnson Controls has launched a new thermostat GLAS that is powered by Windows 10 IoT Core operating system. It packs a 5.9-inch OLED screen. GLAS allows direct voice control through Microsoft Cortana and it provides control over GLAS via mobile and web-based apps.

GLAS Thermostat features:

Onboard sensors measure and react to home temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). When connected to Wi-Fi, GLAS reports on outside weather conditions, including air quality index and pollen. The ability to monitor and react to poor air quality — by exhausting home air or minimizing intake of outside air — is a feature Johnson Controls says is unique to GLAS.

The Windows 10 IoT Core operating system lies at the heart of GLAS, says program lead Joe Ribbich. Apps connected with GLAS — for example, allowing smartphone-based readings of home temperature and humidity, as well as control over heating and cooling — are built using the Universal Windows Platform (UWP). The mobile app was developed using Xamarin.

All data is hosted in the Azure cloud, and accessed via Microsoft’s IoT Hub. “The flexibility and capability of Azure are essential to our ability to scale this product and bring it to a very large number of customers,” says Mulcahy.

GLAS Thermostat price & release date:

It is priced at $319. GLAS Thermostat pre-order will begin in March.