Control Ecobee’s smart thermostats with Google Assistant

You no longer have to be picky about which voice assistant you use to steer Ecobee's smart thermostats. Google Assistant now offers control over Ecobee3 and Ecobee4 models, letting you tweak the temperature from your phone or an Assistant-equipped s...

The hottest/coolest thermostat!

Hottest and coolest being used figuratively, of course. The GLAS by Microsoft and Johnson Controls redefines what home appliances must look like, along with what they’re capable of. Made to look as pretty as a picture, the GLAS features a translucent touch-screen display that delights the heart with the way it showcases your wall behind it. Pair that with Microsoft’s minimal UI running on the new Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core and you have a product that performs as great as it looks.

The GLAS comes with Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana, allowing you to interact with it using your voice as well as through your other Microsoft products. It comes with sensors that know when you’re in the room and when you’re not, working seamlessly to adjust air temperature and quality too so that it provides the optimal experience while saving on energy… but with a thermostat so beautiful, I doubt I’d ever leave the room!

Designers: Microsoft & Johnson Controls.

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Microsoft takes on Nest with a Cortana-based thermostat

Microsoft isn't content to let Amazon or Alphabet dictate the future of the smart home. The software giant has unveiled a smart thermostat from Johnson Controls, GLAS, that promises to one-up what you see from the likes of Nest. The slick-looking con...

Alexa can control your dumb AC unit using Ambi’s smart hub

Some of you may recall that back in October 2014, Hong Kong startup Ambi Labs unveiled its Ambi Climate as a gateway between your smartphone and your dumb air conditioner at home. But it isn't just about replacing your infrared remote control; what m...

Ecobee’s Alexa thermostat is essentially a wall-mounted Echo

If you're Ecobee and you have to compete against an Alphabet-backed heavyweight like Nest in the smart home space, what do you do? Simple: add built-in voice control that Nest can't currently match. The new Ecobee4 thermostat incorporates Amazon's...