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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Philips has discounted several Hue lights for Cyber Monday

Despite numerous cheaper alternatives appearing on the market, you will unlikely find many with the same light quality as that produced by Philips Hue bulbs.


Want to use Valetudo? Get a discounted Dreametech robot vacuum cleaner

If you have been holding off using Valetudo, today’s discount on Dreametech robot vacuum cleaners might just tempt you.

Save yourself the hassle and finally get a discounted robot vacuum cleaner from Roborock

The discounted Roborock S series of robot vacuum cleaners have long been a community favourite.

Home Assistant integrates nicely with these discounted LIFX bulbs

These four discounted LIFX bulbs connect directly to your Wi-Fi access point and integrate with Home Assistant using local polling.

The Fire HD tablets are up to 50% cheaper for Black Friday

The Fire HD tablets, including the latest 10.1″ model, are up to 50% off. I have recommended these tablets for wall-mounting – even without a discount.

Grab yourself a discounted Ender 3 3D printer for your next ESPHome project

If you have been dreaming of a Creality Ender 3 series 3D printer for your next ESPHome project, now might be the time to take the plunge.

Grab the Nvidia Shield TV with Android TV at a rare discount

The Nvidia Shield TV is one of my favourite smart home devices. If you were thinking of adding one to your setup, today is the day to make that purchase.

Creality is about to launch the much improved Ender 3 S1

The upcoming Ender 3 S1 is a user-friendlier upgrade to the Ender 3 V2. Find out what this 3D printer has to offer and why it might be for you.

The Wyze Cam v3 supports RTPS

The Wyze Cam v3 finally supports RTSP, something Home Assistant users have been begging for. But, unfortunately, it is not what we were expecting.

Turn your Raspberry Pi in to a notification machine using VLC

With the release of Home Assistant Core 2021.11 you can use VLC on your Raspberry Pi for Text to Speech.