Home Assistant, ESPhome, and Smart Home News

Get your latest smart home news right here. Here is where I cover everything from Home Assistant and ESPHome to smart homes and their products in general. These articles will keep you on the cutting edge. As open-source projects, both Home Assistant and ESPHome are continually being improved, and new features are added at a rapid pace. Sometimes even I find it hard to keep up.

My goal with these articles is not to replicate any changelogs or blog posts, but to pick out the most relevant stories and share them with you, the Home Assistant enthusiast.

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Grab the Nvidia Shield TV with Android TV at a rare discount

The Nvidia Shield TV is one of my favourite smart home devices. If you were thinking of adding one to your setup, today is the day to make that purchase.

Creality is about to launch the much improved Ender 3 S1

The upcoming Ender 3 S1 is a user-friendlier upgrade to the Ender 3 V2. Find out what this 3D printer has to offer and why it might be for you.

The Wyze Cam v3 supports RTPS

The Wyze Cam v3 finally supports RTSP, something Home Assistant users have been begging for. But, unfortunately, it is not what we were expecting.

Turn your Raspberry Pi in to a notification machine using VLC

With the release of Home Assistant Core 2021.11 you can use VLC on your Raspberry Pi for Text to Speech.

The Area Card for Lovelace is an upcoming addition to the official selection

As the name suggests, the Area Card for Home Assistant’s Lovelace dashboard lets you view information and control devices of a defined area.

Home Assistant entities are about to become neater and easier to use

The mess that is device entities in the Home Assistant UI will be cleaned up in the upcoming 2021.11 release. Learn everything about categories!

The first Zigbee 3.0 sensors from Aqara are now available

Aqara’s new Zigbee 3.0 sensors should allow for a seamless integration with other vendors. But there’s a catch.

Home Assistant is finally getting an icon picker in the UI

With the upcoming release of Home Assistant 2021.11, the developers are adding an icon picker to the graphical interface.

The new US$15 Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is five times faster

Raspberry Pi has today announced the latest revision in its line of smaller than tiny computers: the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W. And it’s five times faster!

How to connect just about any Xiaomi BLE device to ESPHome using custom components

These custom components for ESPHome integrate with numerous Bluetooth devices from Xiaomi that are not (yet) officially integrated with ESPHome.