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A rendered image of the Roborock S7 MaxV, visualizing how its cameras scan its surroundings.

You can now integrate the Roborock app with Home Assistant

Dec 21, 2022

A new custom component allows owners of Roborock robot vacuum cleaners to integrate their machines with Home Assistant using the Roborock app.

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A headset by Razer showing the company's logo on the earcup.

Do you like RGB lights? Control Razer Chroma using Home Assistant

Dec 19, 2022

A new custom integration for Home Assistant allows you to effortlessly integrate Razer peripherals with support for Chroma.

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A digital illustration of a mushroom growing in a forest.

Mushroom creator joins Nabu Casa in push for prettier Dashboard

Sep 8, 2022

In what is likely a pivotal point for the Home Assistant Dashboard's design, creator of Mushroom Cards, Paul Bottein, has joined Nabu Casa.

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Jasco is working with Home Assistant to deliver firmware updates

Jun 2, 2022

It took a YouTuber with over 20 million subscribers to convince Jasco to rethink their firmware policy. Sadly, this is the state of many smart home products.

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The Home Assistant Companion app for Wear OS is here

Dec 22, 2021

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.

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Close-up of a laptop keyboard with a focus on the Windows key, which is marked with the Windows logo. The keys are black with white lettering, and the photo's shallow depth of field places emphasis on the Windows key, while the surrounding keys fade into the background.

Seeking Parity: The Quest for a Home Assistant Companion App on Windows

Dec 5, 2021

This is why there isn't a Home Assistant companion app, and likely won't be one any time soon, for Windows.

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The Home Assistant Area Card for Lovelace is here

Dec 5, 2021

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.

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Home Assistant's configuration is getting a splash of colour

Dec 5, 2021

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.

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Introducing the Button Entity in Home Assistant Core

Dec 4, 2021

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

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A night scene showing a lit lighthouse beacon shining brightly against the dark sky. The light source is at the top of the lighthouse and is casting rays of light into the surrounding darkness. Stars are faintly visible in the sky, adding to the tranquillity of the scene. The perspective is from the base of the lighthouse looking up, emphasizing its height and the beacon's role as a navigational aid.

ESPHome Will Soon Track iBeacon Devices (Beacons)

Sep 12, 2021

A pull request, that was merged with ESPHome just ten days ago, promises big things: ESPHome will soon track iBeacon devices.

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