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: 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.
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.