You can now buy devices running ESPHome out of the box

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The landscape of smart home technology is shifting, with ESPHome moving from a project primarily aimed at DIY enthusiasts to one that electronics vendors can incorporate into their products. A recent browse through AliExpress and Amazon revealed two such vendors, one of which proudly displays the Made for ESPHome badge on many of its items. In this article, we'll explore the world of pre-flashed ESPHome devices and discuss why this could be the future of smart home hardware production.

The significance of the Made for ESPHome badge

The Made for ESPHome badge serves as an assurance that you truly own the product you've purchased. No company can revoke your access or render your device obsolete with a simple flick of a switch. Furthermore, your product won't be dependent on any cloud services that could be discontinued if they fail to gain traction.

Additionally, you'll have complete control over your device's configuration. If you're dissatisfied with its performance, you can modify it to your liking. You can also add your own automations directly into the firmware, ensuring your device remains functional for as long as it lasts.

Another key benefit of pre-flashed devices is their professional construction. While creating a high-quality lightbulb from scratch may be a tall order for the average person, it's a walk in the park for established vendors. Although there are numerous bulbs, plugs, switches, and more that can be flashed with a few simple tools, the Made for ESPHome badge eliminates any potential complications. You won't have to worry about purchasing hardware only to discover that it can no longer be flashed.

Introducing ATHOM: Officially approved Made for ESPHome devices

ATHOM Technology Co., Ltd. is a company founded by a team of engineers boasting over 15 years of experience in developing and manufacturing open-source IP networking communication products. They are dedicated to providing a wide range of open-source smart home devices, including pre-flashed TASMOTA/ESPHome/Homekit smart home products.

ATHOM is committed to delivering high-quality, user-friendly devices at affordable prices, making smart home technology accessible to a broader audience. By choosing ATHOM Technology Co., Ltd., customers can enjoy the benefits of a smart home without breaking the bank.

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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