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.

A portrait photo oif Liam Alexander Colman, the author, creator, and owner of Home Assistant Guide wearing a suit.

About Liam Alexander Colman

is an experienced Home Assistant user who has been utilizing the platform for a variety of projects over an extended period. His journey began with a Raspberry Pi, which quickly grew to three Raspberry Pis and eventually a full-fledged server. Liam's current operating system of choice is Unraid, with Home Assistant comfortably running in a Docker container.
With a deep understanding of the intricacies of Home Assistant, Liam has an impressive setup, consisting of various Zigbee devices, and seamless integrations with existing products such as his Android TV box. For those interested in learning more about Liam's experience with Home Assistant, he shares his insights on how he first started using the platform and his subsequent journey.

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