Bugs get squashed and ESPHome gains support for new displays

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As a Home Assistant enthusiast, you are likely already be familiar with ESPHome, the user-friendly software that brings your Internet of Things (IoT) projects to life. While updates don't drop as frequently as one might hope, when they do, they're worth paying attention to. This time, it's all about displays, with six new options added in ESPHome version 1.16.0, ensuring your next project will be a visual treat.

Consistency is key: monthly ESPHome updates on the horizon

In addition to the exciting display updates, the team behind ESPHome has announced a new release schedule aimed at delighting its users. From now on, you can expect fresh updates on the first Wednesday of every month. No need to keep checking for the latest features; you'll know exactly when to mark your calendar.

A dazzling array of new panels: e-paper, OLED, and TFT

Enter the world of captivating displays with ESPHome's newly supported components. From e-paper panels to OLED screens, you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to creating your next masterpiece.

The Inkplate 6 showing an ESPHome database
The Inkplate 6, which is now supported by ESPHome

The Inkplate 6: a premium e-paper experience

Standing out among its peers, the Inkplate 6 is arguably the most intriguing addition. This e-paper panel, crafted from recycled Kindle e-readers, offers a unique and eco-friendly touch. Although it's the priciest component at roughly €100, the cost covers not only the display, but also an ESP32 and an enclosure for a sleek finish. Plus, with the Inkplate 6 arriving as a single unit, you can bid farewell to soldering woes.

OLED panels: small screens, big impact

If OLED panels catch your eye, you'll be delighted with the three new options: SSD1327, and SSD1331. These compact screens may be small, but they pack a punch when it comes to displaying minimal data. Boasting the deepest blacks, these OLED panels are perfect for crafting a sophisticated weather station or alarm clock.

An SSD1222 display, which is supported by ESPHome
An SSD1327 display, which can be used by ESPHome
An SSD1331 display, which can be used with ESPHome

TFT displays: the ST7735 and ILI9341

Finally, the ST7735 and ILI9341 TFT displays join the line-up. The ILI9341 stands out with its higher resolution (240×320) compared to other ESPHome-compatible displays. However, keep in mind that you may need a more powerful ESP32 to drive this display, rather than the ESP8266.

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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