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My new smart home dashboard changes as I move around the house! I love it! Here’s how it works.

ESP32 for room presence:
3D printed case for the 30 pin version:
Smaller ESP32 with case:
Raspberry Pi I used for Home Assistant:
Home Assistant Green:
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Article showing how I made this:

Room Presence video:

I am mostly using the Home Assistant “Tile” cards for my dashboard. I was using the Mushroom Theme Cards and I still use them for certain things.

The dashboard in my living room:
Creating the dashboard interface on my older dashboards:

My smart home favorites:

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0:00 Intro
0:27 Why I created it
1:26 Dashboard requirements
1:59 Make it dynamic
4:41 One room at a time
6:51 Spouse approval ๐Ÿ“ˆ
8:40 Can’t read her mind


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Ending song is The End by EVA.

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  1. This took WEEKS and I put a lot of thought into the dashboard ๐Ÿ™Œ I tried to show more about "how" I created this, like you've been requesting in the comments.
    But if you want to dive even deeper, here is the article with YAML code: https://smarthomesolver.com/reviews/how-i-built-my-automated-dashboard/

  2. Could the condition also be a connection to a certain WiFi? That could be a simple "home or not" condition.

    Would be enough for people like me with a less sophisticated Smarthome ๐Ÿค”

  3. So whatโ€™s the best way to accomplish those tasks butting from the video you are referring to?

  4. I'm officially impressed ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜

  5. Can you do a video on how to set up home assistant for new users. For your smart home why don't you also have away for you to use your voice to also control the action. Can you add if someone doesn't want to use home assistant they want to use Apple Home or Google Home or Alexa how they look with your current set up

  6. Who is that? Brad Pitt??

  7. ive added a 'whats on' card to my dashboard a while ago, it was super easy and auto shows whatever is actually on –

    type: entities
    title: Whats On?
    show_header_toggle: false
    type: entity-filter
    – entity: light.kitchen_pendant
    – entity: switch.shellypro2_30c6f78a5f84_switch_0
    name: Medium Fan Dining
    – entity: switch.shellypro2_30c6f78a5f84_switch_1
    name: Max Fan Dining
    – entity: switch.hot_water_cylinder
    name: HWC Element
    – 'on'
    position: main

    (removed most entities for brevity)

    I use it constantly, but the presence idea is great… being that all my light switches are nspanels, i need to look into this

  8. I was sceptical until you mentioned the manual room select. So you're eating the cake AND you're keeping it! Great Ideas, i'll look further into this.

  9. Use groups and auto-entities and you can get this with less work.

  10. Awwww you beat me to it. I hadn't seen anyone do this before. I've been waiting to get room presence implemented into my smart home before doing this exact thing. i didn't think about the hiding of stuff that I just glance over and don't care about though. Like having my garage door not there if it's closed, or making an "away" dashboard. For tablets in rooms, do you just have them always on that room or do you allow them to select their own room too so you can change settings to something that's not in that room?

  11. Well done!

  12. How do you control your garage door if the door is closed? For example the doors closed and I want to open it via the dashboard how is that possible?

  13. Hey Reed, I think this is a great idea and I wanted to take it a step further, so I used the auto entities card to automatically grab every light entity for the room I am in. Works pretty well, just needs your room names from ESPresence to match the area names in home assistant (I have to replace underscores with spaces and capitalize the words)

    Card code:

    type: custom:auto-entities
    type: entities
    template: >
    {% set location = states('sensor.sam_s_apple_watch').replace('_', ' ') |
    capitalize %}

    {{ states.light
    | selectattr('entity_id', 'in', area_entities(location))
    | map(attribute='entity_id')
    | list }}
    exclude: []

  14. Not new, but we didn't quite go to the extent you did with the room presence.
    Our system is mostly automated so that we don't have to do much with the dashboards, but if we're in a room then it'll show some custom things like that room's temperature etc.

    The hidden conditional stuff we use a lot tho since the early days of HA.
    If the washing machine is on, it displays a few tabs showing the program, duration, time it finishes etc. Same with our Sous Vide.
    If a power hungry device is on (toaster, kettle, coffee machine) then it shows real-time power for that device until it switches off.
    For health things like if a bathroom humidity is > threshold then display on the screen to make sure the door is open enough to air it and prevent mould.
    All kinds of alerts to replace normal stats when devices are offline or busy like our NAS' or PiHoles.
    The list goes on … ๐Ÿ™‚

    We also have some additional conditions on our tablet so that when a guest is present (see HACS: unifics) it'll hide some private items like our calendar and replaces them with weather cards and also hides some functions. This way, if they have kids, there's no danger of them poking about flashing lights or send the vacuum out or turning the TV off if we're in the middle of watching something.

    When editing the dashboards it looks pretty intimidating, but when in display mode it's all neat and tidy

  15. It's not often a video comes up that really has a brilliant idea that can have a meaningful impact to my HA instance. This is one of those. Didn't even know that there was a conditional card – sweet!

  16. ALL of this can just be controlled with VOICE commands and there is NO need for a phone or tablet! It's NOT that hard to remember a phrase to execute a function and is MUCH more convenient since you do NOT need a phone or tablet in the first place. Really? "lights on/off" or "bedroom room lights on/off" or "blinds open/closed". WHY do I want to pickup my phone or access a tablet to do these things? I DON'T!

  17. Looks impressive and all but how MANY many actual hours did you spend setting this up? I mean how ridiculously LAZY do you need to get? Unless your IQ is less than 10 most apps/platforms are fine to do automatons. Since you are using the Apple platform you've already restricted yourself vs. Android IMO. I can literally control EVERYTHING with voice commands to run routines/scenes where I do NOT even need a phone or tablet to go through the extra steps. I can just say "turn on/off device" or say run a routine without any phone or tablet. I do NOT want the need for a phone or tablet and to me is MUCH more convenient using my voice vs. having to pickup a phone or access a tablet. To me it defeats the whole process. The WHOLE point is to eliminate the need for a phone or tablet to do something. I'll stick to my process. IMO voice commands FAR exceed the need for a phone or tablet to preform the simple or complex tasks.

  18. Thanks for this!

  19. LOVE it! Now I need to rebuild my entire dashboard. Again. Haha. Awesome video

  20. Nice! Thanks Reed.

  21. Didn't realise people weren't doing this…. been running this forever for lights and door sensors.

  22. *cracks fingers* time to set up a new dashboard.

  23. How do u get that dashboard?

  24. The custom tab-redirect-card is also a great way to switch between rooms based on conditions, like where you are

  25. Boggle

  26. I know what you are talking about. I always used the default HA dashboard, that is not very user friendly. Thanks to your video i have managed to create my own and it so much easier.. I love it already, and hopefully my wife and kids can learn how to use it soon.

    Thanks for the video

  27. Grow๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝyo๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝbeard๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ to hell with AZ summers!

  28. I've been thinking about conditional cards for a while. But they don't work nicely with the new sections layout yet (they're always full width). But they are essential for good dashboards as you say!

  29. Dashboard? I just use my voice for the 40+ devices in my home…

  30. Great idea!

    However, the question in the beginning "I forgot to turn off the back patio lights" makes me think that there can be another view possible – hierarchical grouping. This is essential for houses with multiple floors with bathrooms and bedrooms on each floor and multiple outdoor ideas.
    Say I want to check that the 2nd floor hallway smoke detector is working – I should be able to either:
    – Navigate to the indoor->second floor->hallway->smoke detector.
    At the same time, it would be great to also have a more "functional" view available, where I could just:
    – Navigate to Devices->Smoke detectors->Faults and see if there are any faults visible

    The above does not replace the dashboards – the dashboard are still the best solution for a room tablet or to represent favourite function and states (dynamic states you mention are perfect to highlight what may need attention etc.). I think it is essential for those tasks where you have a lot of entities and need to navigate to a specific one.

  31. Where the heck do you get the "Dashboard"?? Am I slow?

  32. On top of my dashboard I use mushroom icons with colors and most of them are conditional. That saves already a lot of space! And under that section an action section with conditional items which requires to do an action for it. Really usefull!

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