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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The Synology DS920+ is US$132 cheaper for Amazon Prime Day

The Synology DS920+, one of the Taiwanese company’s higher end models, is available for only US$417.99 as an Amazon Prime Day Deal.

Get 30% off the room-assistant compatible Tile Bluetooth Tracker

Tile Bluetooth Trackers, which are confirmed to be compatible with room-assistant, are 30% off on Amazon Prime Day.

Grab an Amazon Fire TV Stick for as little as US$18 on Prime Day

All Amazon Fire TV Sticks models, including the Fire TV Cube, have been heavily reduced for Amazon Prime Day.

Get the new Fire HD 10 tablet (2021) for only US$80 on Amazon Prime Day

The most recent Fire HD 10 tablet from Amazon is down to only US$80 in this Early Access Prime Day Deal.

What are ESP Web Tools?

The bar for entry to the world of cheap ESP8266 and ESP32 has been lowered with the release of ESP Web Tools. But what exactly are they?

The YIO Remote Two, an alternative to Harmony, will integrate with Home Assistant

The updated YIO Remote Two, an alternative to Logitech Harmony, will integrate with Home Assistant out of the box, promising a much easier setup.

The Philips Hue integration with Home Assistant is about to become faster

As of Home Assistant Core 2021.6, the Philips Hue integration with Home Assistant will support local pushing, a significant upgrade on local polling.

Outdated custom components and integrations might break in Home Assistant Core 2021.6

With Home Assistant Core 2021.6, a new requirement will be introduced which might cause old custom components and custom integrations to stop working.

Honey, I Shrunk the Tag Reader for Home Assistant

A few days ago, the newest Tag Reader for Home Assistant was teased. It appears to have been shrunken down to almost half the size of the original.

ESPHome 1.18.0 adds fingerprint readers, BME680 integration, and a BLE client

This update includes a full integration of the Bosch BME680 sensor, support for GROW fingerprint readers, a BLE client and sensor, and much more.