Seeed Studio Announces Official ESPHome Support for Its mmWave Presence Sensor, SenseCAP Indicator

The 24GHz mmWave Human Static Presence Sensor and the SenseCAP Indicator all-in-one display are now easily integrated into Home Assistant.

Seeed Studio has announced that its millimeter-wave (mmWave) sensors and SenseCAP Indicator are now officially supported as sensors and display devices respectively in the ESPHome firmware, bringing full compatibility with the popular Home Assistant automation platform.

"Three of Seeed Studio’s products now work natively with ESPHome (with [the] products officially listed on ESPHome website as Sensor Components and Display Component)," says Seeed's Kezang Loday of the new. "These products are the 24GHz mmWave Human Static Presence Sensor, the mmWave Human Detection Sensor Kit, and the SenseCAP Indicator. It means ESPHome provides out-of-the-box integration and support for using these two mmWave sensors, and the display."

The 24GHz mmWave Human Static Presence Sensor, as the name implies, is designed to detect the presence or absence of humans through a frequency-modulated continuous wave (FMCW) radar system. Offering a five-meter (around 16 feet) detection range and a 90-degree horizontal beam, the sensor is available as a bare board or as part of a kit with a carrier board and the XIAO ESP32C3 microcontroller board.

The SenseCAP Indicator, meanwhile, is a compact all-in-one display that features a dual-microcontroller design, packing both an Espressif ESP32-S3 and a Raspberry Pi RP2040 behind a 4" full-color touchscreen display and offering support for external hardware through its Grove ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and optional LoRa radios.

More information on the devices' support for the third-party ESPHome firmware, which is designed to provide Espressif ESP-based hardware with easy Home Assistant integration, is available on the Seeed Studio blog.

Gareth Halfacree
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