Home Assistant Podcast 21 – 0.65, Awards, Podcast Updates and more

Released March 18, 2018
  • 0.65
    • New Components
      • Synology Chat – https://home-assistant.io/components/notify.synology_chat/
      • Simulated Sensor – https://home-assistant.io/components/sensor.simulated/ hopefully the demo uses this!
      • Songpal (Sony Audio Control API) (Compatible Soundbars, Receivers and wireless speakers) https://home-assistant.io/components/media_player.songpal/
      • UpCloud Server switches (turn on/off upcloud servers) https://home-assistant.io/components/switch.upcloud/
      • Sense Energy Sensor – https://home-assistant.io/components/sensor.sense/ another home energy monitor
      • Filter Sensor – https://home-assistant.io/components/sensor.filter/
      • Light Group – https://home-assistant.io/components/light.group/ New way to control multiple types of groups (lights are first)
      • Zillow Zestimate https://home-assistant.io/components/sensor.zestimate/ (Real estate data, house prices)
      • Channels Media Player Component https://home-assistant.io/components/media_player.channels/ app connecting to a HDHomerun to stream live tv around the house. Control those players with Home Assistant
      • Camera Proxy – https://home-assistant.io/components/camera.proxy/ allows Home Assistant to do some post-processing to a camera feed then provide a new feed of the new output
    • HomeKit Updates
      • Alarms, Switches and Thermostats now supported by HomeKit and Home Assistant https://home-assistant.io/components/homekit/
    • Breaking Changes
      • Google Assistant integration: It is no longer possible to override the domain that Home Assistant uses for an entity. This was bound to go wrong when we would test supported features for different domains. Also removed support for disguising temperature sensors as thermostats. We should follow the traits that Google offer us and not offer things that will only work half.
      • Egardia Alarm Panels. Major code refactor. Requires config changes.
      • Insteon PLM – If you have created platform overrides in your configuration.yaml file to change a your INSTEON device to map to a different Home Assistant platform, that mapping will no longer be in effect. Please see the new device override capabilities in th
      • AirVisual’s air index unit is AQI (Air Quality Index), not PSI (Pressure per Square Inch)
      • TekSavvy Sensor: The sensor entity id for peak upload usage used to be sensor.teksavvy_on_peak_upload_ this has been changed to sensor.teksavvy_on_peak_upload. The usage title was shared between and therefore indeterminate between GB and % usage. Therefore % usage entity ID has been changed to sensor.teksavvy_usage_ratio
      • zip_code for the Pollen integration is now required to have quotes around it to prevent accidental errors: zip_code: “00544”
      • The LimitlessLED white temperature range has been adjusted and should now match the Mi-Light smartphone app for identical Kelvin values.
    • Other Changes
      • Minimum Python support is 3.5.3 now. 50% of users of Home Assistant use some form of Docker instance (Hass.io is 36.3%)
      • Entity Renaming now possible from within the UI
      • New optional words for the conversation component. Make speaking to Home Assistant more natural
      • More Xiaomi Improvements! Support for newer generation Xiaomi devices
      • Intent Scripts (Alexa, API.ai, Snips) can now use voice commands to set colours of lights
      • New lock device class for binary sensors
      • REST Commands can now set custom HTTP headers
      • Improvements to the iCloud Tracking Component
      • Tesla gets more switches (Max Charging) and sensors (Odomoter, Range)
    • Other
      • Home Assistant wins Thomas Krenn Award (3rd place, 2nd in 2017)
      • New Raspberry Pi Model Out!
      • Alexa Followup Mode
      • Home Assistant Podcast now available on Stitcher
      • New “How to listen page” on hasspodcast.io

The Hosts

Phil Hawthorne

Phil is a Melbourne based web developer who lives and breathes technology. When he's not at his day job, he’s in his home office attempting to simplify his life through complicated tech.

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Rohan Karamandi

Rohan from Toronto, Canada works in the Technology sector as an architect designing network and datacenter solutions for his customers. His passion for technology stems from there and extends to IoT and home automation

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