April 15, 2024

2023 was the 12 months of the Voice. It was a yearly purpose to let customers management Residence Assistant in their very own language. We organized a contest to have a good time what our voice assistants may allow with the group. The competition entries have been all superb, the work produced excellent. Personally, I learnt a lot simply reviewing all of the entries, I learnt that our group is so artistic and relentless. My private challenge checklist grew quite a bit as I wish to implement half of the entries at residence! Right this moment is the day we announce the winners!

You will need to notice that whereas 12 months of the Voice is over, voice is now a part of Residence Assistant similar to automations or dashboards.
The sharp focus is over, however voice will get updates eternally, similar to each different a part of Residence Assistant.

The competition was break up into 4 classes:

  • Most artistic satellite tv for pc concepts
  • Greatest Beginning Guides
  • Greatest occasions organized, finest group effort
  • Greatest voice experiences

You’ll be able to learn extra in regards to the contest specifics within the blog post announcing the contest.

Due to a lack of entries, we removed the category “Best events organized, best group effort”.

Most creative satellite ideas

The competition was the most fierce in that category!

On the one hand, it pleases me to see how many of you managed to create something unique, quirky, and creative using our voice assistant functionalities. This means that our voice assistant is indeed aligned with our value of Choice. On the other hand, it made picking a winner even more complex 😬.

So without further ado, the winner of the “most creative satellite ideas” category is dirtyharriv and their Bender Voice Assistant.

Congratulations in your entry! Your voice assistant embodies completely what we expect after we discuss alternative: Customized wake phrase, customized voice, in-character responses, a ravishing 3D printed case, LEDs… It’s good!

Dirtyharriv wins a Residence Assistant Inexperienced, a Residence Assistant SkyConnect, and a spot on our livestream on the tenth of April to current their challenge!

We even have numerous runners-up on this class, all of them win a Residence Assistant SkyConnect!

Best Starting Guides

Again, lots of entries in this category, it amazes me to see how many of you tried hard to provide something that could be re-used by other members of the community, whether it was a device that you can purchase, hack, or build yourself, or a series of videos you can follow to set something up in your own home.

Building something is already hard, but building something to offer it to others is even harder. This category was, to me, the category with the biggest amount of work done by the contestants, congratulations to you all.

The winner of the “best starting guides” category is landonr with their homeThing S3.

The homeThing blew us away, it’s an iPod-style distant on your residence that ticks so many packing containers: Rotary dial, display, IR blaster, microphone, speaker, battery …

Every thing is open supply, as much as the customized PCB that landonr created. The ESPHome configuration is open supply. That is the right gadget to have in your house!

Landonr wins a Residence Assistant Inexperienced, a Residence Assistant SkyConnect, and a spot on our livestream on the tenth of April to current their challenge!

We even have a couple of runners-up on this class, all of them win a Residence Assistant SkyConnect!

Best voice experiences

This category was not about hardware, it was about providing the best software experience that elevates the voice experience in Home Assistant. I had the most fun reviewing this category because most of the entries can be re-used at home without any particular hardware! Instant improvement of my system!

The winner of the “best voice experiences” category is dinki with their View Assist.

View Help is an entire UI for Help operating on an outdated Android pill that tries to duplicate the UI of units reminiscent of an Amazon Echo Present. It is rather full and well-documented, and I feel generally is a candidate for totally changing a screen-based voice assistant reminiscent of an Amazon Echo Present or a Google Nest Hub.

Dinki wins a Residence Assistant Inexperienced, a Residence Assistant SkyConnect, and a spot on our livestream on the tenth of April to current their challenge!

We even have numerous runners-up on this class, all of them win a Residence Assistant SkyConnect!

I wish to give a small shout-out to one of many runner-up: Lajos and their improvement of the S3 Box firmware to display text, you probably did one thing I personally thought of unattainable within the S3 field, and by no means tried to implement it due to this false assumption. Seeing your entry pushed me to offer it a attempt to I’m pleased to announce that very soon, the official voice assistant firmware for the S3 packing containers will enable everybody to show the spoken textual content of the request and the response on the display.

Community choice

We also asked you to vote for your favorite entry, the votes were fierce but one entry skyrocketed above the rest.

It is my pleasure to announce that the community vote is Rellu and their HA-Visual-Voice-Assistant.

HA-Visible-Voice-Assistant is a powerful voice expertise that creates on-the-fly AI-generated movies of characters as visible suggestions for Help. The video that Rellu gives in his entry is actually full, with the power to vary characters and language immediately by way of voice. Nice job!

Rellu wins a Residence Assistant Inexperienced, a Residence Assistant SkyConnect, and a spot on our livestream on the tenth of April to current their challenge!

Thank you

Thank you to the Home Assistant community for subscribing to Home Assistant Cloud to assist 12 months of the Voice and the event of Residence Assistant, ESPHome, and different tasks usually.

We are going to contact all winners and runners-up within the subsequent few days to prepare delivery.
We’re wanting ahead to having the winners on the livestream with us on the tenth of April.

I hope you loved this primary Residence Assistant contest, relaxation assured that it gained’t be the final.

JLo, Over and Out.