An overall update

For all those following the project before the Covid era, they may have noticed that not enough “new” stuff are announced any more and this is true.
Our life is far far away from being back to normal and our time dedicated to HestiaPi still very restricted to the bare minimum.
So this is a long overdue post to reassure everyone that our passion and interest to move this project ahead is still here. And this is a little teaser of what is yet to come…

Software:

  • Move to Buster (the latest) Raspbian release upgrading all packages to something very recent
  • Move to OpenHAB 3.0
  • Move to an OpenHABian distribution - a solution that may combine both above points

Hardware - PCB:

  • Use a new PCB with socket for the Pi so that people don’t have to solder the poor thing down
  • Moved back to (4) old-style clicky blue-block-type relays - long discussions behind this decision
  • 4 LEDs for easier troubleshooting or feedback on each relay state (optional)
  • Add a buzzer (optional)

Hardware - Case:

  • 3D printing isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and definitely having to move to mass production lines, there was no future with this approach. We will still be releasing .stl files though as 3D printing is the maker’s kingdom for sure
  • We designed, tested and improved (iteratively) a set of (6 sides+front and the back=7+1) PCB pieces that solder together to form the well-known hexagonal case. Front and back parts stay firmly together with our beloved PCB pin headers!

General:
Moving to China and up-scaling is still a very high priority - running a second Crowdfunding campaign to fund this move is still being evaluated.

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Almost forgot… there is another model with a different approach that we talked about:

running off ESP hardware that acts as a client to an openHAB/HomeAssistant instance running elsewhere for people that already have a smart home setup and their HestiaPi Zero will simply be an extension to it with little impact to the existing infrastructure.