Home Assistant, ESPhome, and Smart Home News

Get your latest smart home news right here. Here is where I cover everything from Home Assistant and ESPHome to smart homes and their products 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.

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Xiaomi releases a new generation of Smart Air Purifiers

With the Xiaomi Smart Air Purifier 4 series, the tech-giant has improved upon the previous generation and, most importantly, we finally have sensible model names.

Roborock’s S7 MaxV Ultra is possibly the most advanced robot vacuum

Roborock is about to launch their most impressive robot vacuum cleaner and dock combination to date: the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra.

The Home Assistant Companion app for Wear OS is here

This week, as something of an early Christmas present, we finally get to play with the first beta release of the Home Assistant Companion App for Wear OS.

The Home Assistant Area Card for Lovelace is here

The previously teased Area Card is the latest addition to the list of official Lovelace components. Read on to see this Home Assistant card in action.

Home Assistant’s configuration is getting a splash of colour

In what is shaping up to be a major update to the interface, Home Assistant 2021.12 will add colours to the currently rather monotonous configuration options.

Home Assistant gains a new entity: Buttons

Buttons are similar to switches, but whereas switches can be considered virtual latching switches, a button is a virtual momentary switch.

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.