Home Assistant turned eight and something new will be announced to celebrate

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Party balloons and a present wrapped in a gold wrapper.

If you haven't heard the news already, Home Assistant celebrated its birthday this week. The creation of Home Assistant dates back to September 2013, when Paulus Schoutsen, known by his alias “balloob”, first conceived the idea. However, since the project did not have a website or a presence on GitHub at the time, I cannot show you the very first version. Nevertheless, it is remarkable to see how much progress has been made since then.

In honour of the occasion, the developers are treating us users to a surprise, rather than the other way around. They have given us a sneak peek of an exciting announcement set to be revealed on Wednesday, September 15th 2021, during the release party stream

What could the special announcement be?

I have no clue as to what this upcoming announcement could be about. The last significant announcement made by the developers during a live stream was the release of ESP Web Tools.

If I had to take a guess, I would wager that this announcement is also connected to ESPHome. My reasoning behind this assumption is that the announcement image features the number 8 constructed from ESP32 and ESP8266 boards, as well as some DIY tools such as pliers, a screwdriver, and soldering tin. So, if this announcement is, in fact, related to ESPHome, what could it be about? I'd be happy to toss around some ideas:

If the ESP boards are just a distraction, possible announcements related to Home Assistant could be:

How to support Home Assistant for the next eight years

If you are a user of Home Assistant and you want the project to thrive, the easiest way of supporting the further development is by subscribing to Nabu Casa's Home Assistant Cloud. Even if you don't need remote access, I recommend subscribing. Alternatively, you can also sponsor the project on GitHub.

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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