Home Assistant, ESPhome, and Smart Home News

Get your latest smart home news right here. Covering everything from Home Assistant and ESPHome to smart homes in general, these articles will keep you on the cutting edge. As open-source projects both Home Assistant and ESPHome are continually being improved and new features are added at a rapid pace. Sometimes even I find it hard to keep up. My goal with these articles is not to replicate any changelogs or blog posts but to pick out the most relevant stories and share them with you, the Home Assistant enthusiast.

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Xiaomi is finally giving up on the Mi branding

Xiaomi’s branding and naming scheme is a complete and utter mess. A recent announcement is a first step in the right direction: Mi is dead.

ESPHome will soon track iBeacon devices (beacons)

A pull request, that was merged with ESPHome just ten days ago, promises big things: ESPHome will soon track iBeacon devices.

Home Assistant turned eight and something new will be announced to celebrate

Eight years ago, balloob, created Home Assistant. To celebrate, the developers have teased an announcement being made on Wednesday, September 15.

Is ESPresense the successor to ESP32-mqtt-room we’ve been waiting for?

There is a new project attempting to solve room presence detection with ESP32 boards: ESPresense. But can it fulfil its promise?

The unofficial Wyze integration with Home Assistant is partially back

Wyze has allowed the development of the Home Assistant custom component to continue, but not without any serious restrictions.

eWeLink releases a Home Assistant add-on for Sonoff devices

This news shows that vendors are interested in integrating their smart home wares with Home Assistant. However, this integration shouldn’t be used.

The hacked IKEA VINDRIKTNING can now be read by ESPHome

It was bound to happen sooner or later: The previously hacked IKEA VINDRIKTNING can now be integrated with Home Assistant using ESPHome.

Wyze will no longer integrate with Home Assistant

Wyze has never been open to third-party integrations, such Home Assistant. And now the unofficial API will likely cease to function, too.

IKEA is launching its first smart air purifier called STARKVIND

IKEA will start shipping their first smart air purifier called STARKVIND in October of this year. It uses Zigbee and has an integrated air quality monitor.

The Roborock Auto-Empty Dock for the S7 is now available

The new Roborock Auto-Empty Dock is the perfect, but pricey, addition to the Roborock S7 robot vacuum cleaner.