People often ask me about my vision for Home Assistant. Before I can describe where I want to go with Home Assistant, I should first talk about how home automation would look in my ideal world. This will be the aim of this post. I’m not going to focus on protocols, networks or specific hubs. That’s all implementation details. Instead, this post will focus on what is most important: the interaction between the users and their home.
After my MHVLUG talk on IoT and Home Automation, I stumbled upon Home Assistant. It’s an exciting project, and the maintainer has a great view of what home automation should look like.
I agree with all of this. The best user interface is no interface, things are just correct when you need them to be. The cloud should be very optional, and a cloud outage shouldn’t cripple your home (like the recent Nest issue). Graceful fallback is important.
I’ve had fun contributing to the project so far, and look forward to making this the primary interface to my house over the next couple of months.