Crowd Supply, the leading product development platform connecting hardware creators with early adopters and enthusiastic backers, announces the launch of Home Assistant Amber, a purpose-built hardware solution for the operation of home automation software. Built by the developers of the popular Home Assistant software ecosystem, Amber offers a privacy-focused, open-source alternative to proprietary platforms like Google Home and Philips Hue. Home Assistant Amber is ready to work out of the box and boasts more than 1,000 integrations for unifying networks of smart home products including Nest, Sonos, and Amazon Alexa.
Amber, developed by the makers of Home Assistant and launched with support from Crowd Supply as part of the Silicon Labs IoT Accelerator, is designed around the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4, which can be easily upgraded to scale alongside your home automation needs. The new Home Assistant hardware device communicates with other devices using an integrated Zigbee radio by Silicon Labs, offering a forward-compatible solution with the Matter home automation protocol. Home Assistant Amber also features an onboard M.2 slot to facilitate expanded SSD storage or other peripherals.
Home Assistant Amber is available in three configurations. The flagship version operates immediately after plugging in the Ethernet cable and power supply, and the package includes a pre-installed Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 (CM4). Another kit is a suitable option for those who already own a CM4, as it features all other necessary components for operation, including a CM4 carrier board, heat sink, transparent polycarbonate enclosure, power supply, and Ethernet cable. Finally, a PoE kit features a Power-over-Ethernet-enabled CM4 carrier board for single-wire operation.
To learn more about Home Assistant Amber, visit https://www.crowdsupply.com/nabu-casa/home-assistant-amber.