The Home Assistant UI has two different modes. There is a simple mode and an advanced mode. Simple mode has been introduced recently in Home Assistant 0.96. In this post I want to outline my vision for simple mode in Home Assistant 1.0.
With simple mode we focus on the core Home Assistant experience. We're trying to answer the question: what is it that we want anyone to be able to do. Can we make it intuitive enough that people, young and old, can install Home Assistant and use it.
Simple mode is the simplified interface for non-power users. This is the default UI. Simple mode offers a subset of Home Assistant that is intuitive: easy to understand and easy to use.
In simple mode, we will structure the configuration to how the user thinks about their house:
- Inputs: devices and persons
- Outputs: scenes, scripts, automations
There are other inputs, but they are there to support devices and persons:
- Integrations allow you to interact with your devices
- Users allow persons to log in and access Home Assistant
- Areas allow devices to be grouped
- Zones label locations on the map to allow tracking persons that carry a GPS emitting device
As a user in simple mode, you will not be exposed to events, entity IDs, YAML or services.