Home Assistant Podcast 2 – 0.46, 0.47 and Bluetooth Presence

Released June 15, 2017

We talk about the release of 0.46 and upcoming features in 0.47. The feature topic was Bluetooth Presence.

Show notes

  • 0.46 Release
    • Bug fixes!
      • Breaking Changes
        • Automation state trigger
          • Now ignores attribute changes
          • After changing to at
            • Only for triggers, not conditions! Watch your find/replaces
          • Above and below will no longer trigger if it is equal.
    • Changes
      • Can now specify icons for presence devices
      • Netgear Arlo Cameras
      • Z-wave can now have a network key set in configuration.yaml
  • 0.47 Upcoming Features
    • New Platforms
      • Sesame Smart Lock
        • Will have support for the Kickstarter Lock before they ship their Wifi access point Hardware
        • Ability to lock and unlock from Home Assistant
        • Contributed by Albert Lee (trisk on GitHub)
      • Yahoo Weather
        • Support for the Yahoo Weather Platform is coming
        • Contributed by Fabian
    • New/Updated features
      • Ability to define templates for icons using icon_template
        • Will allow the icon to be based on a value, for example a closed door may now use a different icon, great for template sensors
        • By PhracturedBlue
      • Ability to set Nest away and home modes
        • By Matthew Schick
      • Radarr Sensor
        • Similar to Sonarr, but for movies
        • By Trevor
  • Smart Speakers
    • Apple HomePod launching in December
      • US, UK and Australia first to get it
      • Built in Siri with smart home product control
      • Aims to take on Sonos with AirPlay 2 – for multiroom audio
    • Alexa / Amazon Echo
      • New features
        • Reminders
        • Named Timers
      • Alexa falling behind with losing market dominance
        • Google Home already supports localized weather. “Hey Google what’s the weather?” Alexa requires the city name. Big Sky skill is not an answer to this!
        • Could go the way of Pebble Smart watch, Oculus if not careful
    • Google Home launches in Canada this month, Australia France, Germany and Japan to follow
      • This will see Google Home in more markets than Amazon
      • Canada preorders now open
      • Alexa now being threatened on two fronts, Google and Apple
  • Focus Topic
    • Bluetooth Presence
      • Phil
        • Single Bluetooth dongle covering 2 bedroom apartment okay. Larger house would need a spread of bluetooth beacons most likely.
        • Slight time delay detecting phones < 1 minute
        • Working with iPhone and Google Pixel
      • Dan
        • iBeacons and Happy Bubbles
        • Beacon receivers in 4 outer rooms of the house publish iBeacon ID and signal strength over MQTT
        • Presence server takes these and publishes which receiver each iBeacon is closest to
  • Podcast Episode Alerts
    • Carlos Costanzo has created a Home Assistant alert when a new Home Assistant Podcast Episode is created
      • https://github.com/CCOSTAN/Home-AssistantConfig/blob/master/packages/hasspodcast.yaml