My smart home 2021: A Home Assistant love story

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  • 3D-Objects

    Printable 3D objects for Smart Torvy

    I tried to build a company around this in ~2014, we built our own boards and everything, and had a fork with HASS that had more defaults based on our hardware. Too bad it didn't quite work out as a business.

    The 3D designs for the hardware cases are still on GitHub:

  • iOS

    :iphone: Home Assistant for Apple platforms (by home-assistant)

    2. Firebase Cloud Messaging, for push notifications (since we can't talk to APNS directly in HA)

    FCM is a dependency I'm actively trying to kill off in favor of an implementation that is both end-to-end encrypted and talks directly to Apple's Push Notification Service. Apple would not allow a solution where HA talks directly to APNS as they do not want that many active connections, and it would require disclosing private keys for the App STore account.


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  • addon-wireguard

    WireGuard - Home Assistant Community Add-ons

    There are three major cloud components. Alexa and Google integrations both have open options that are documented by NC and you are welcome to use them. There’s a lot of setup as you need to deal with a semi-complex config on AWS or GCP which can be challenging if you’re new to those environments, but they work as well as the paid NC option.

    The remote access proxy service doesn’t really have an open equivalent but there are tons of other supported solutions out there for secure remote access to your Home Assistant install. One example add-on, developed and supported by an NC employee:

    In short, the paid cloud services provide an easier path to solutions you can deploy for yourself if you wish. Those services cost NC money to host, so asking for money isn’t too far out there. Of course, that money is more than what the cloud parts cost, and what we all get in return is a team of skilled developers working on the project and releasing everything for free.

  • adaptive-lighting

    Adaptive Lighting custom component for Home Assistant

  • Baby Buddy

    A :baby: buddy to help caregivers track sleep, feedings, diaper changes, and tummy time to learn about and predict baby's needs without (as much) guess work.

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