Turn your Raspberry Pi in to a notification machine using VLC

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Have you been looking for a way to make your Raspberry Pi running Home Assistant talk using TTS (Text to Speech)? With the release of Home Assistant Core 2021.11 it is finally possible to do exactly that. You can have Home Assistant read your notification, tell you the next day’s weather, and so much more, by just plugging some speakers in to the 3.5 mm headphone jack.

A combination of the updated VLC media player Telnet integration and the experimental VLC add-on from the official add-on store make this feature possible. Once you install the add-on, it will guide you through configuring Home Assistant as a media player, which in turn allows you to play local files, or music from the internet, and now also as a target device for TTS.

Liam Alexander Colman, the author and maintainer of Home Assistant Guides.

About Liam Alexander Colman

Liam Alexander Colman has been using Home Assistant for various projects for quite some time. What started off with a Raspberry Pi quickly became three Raspberry Pis and eventually a full-blown server. I now use Unraid as my operating system, and Home Assistant happily runs in a Docker container. My personal setup includes many Zigbee devices as well as integrations with existing products such as my Android TV box. Read on to find out more on how I got started with Home Assistant.

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