Home Assistant Podcast 24 – 0.68 and all the goodies it brings

Released April 28, 2018
  • Google Home Skill is now live!
  • New Platforms
    • Eufy bulbs and switches http://home-assistant.io/components/switch.eufy/
    • US Citizenship and Immigration Services sensor Possible new regular “most random new component award”
    • Blackbird Media Player Component
    • Qwikswitch binary sensors
  • HomeKit Updates
    • There’s now the ability to control HomeKit lights and switches.
    • Support for binary sensors
    • Device trackers
    • locks
    • CO2/PM2.5/Light sensors in HomeKit
    • Garage Doors
    • basic covers with open/close/stop services HomeKit
  • Breaking Changes
    • Support for multiple MAX!Cube LAN gateways added (Climate gateway) https://github.com/home-assistant/home-assistant/pull/13517
    • Disable ebox requirement. if you want to use the ebox sensor, you’ll have to manually install the dependecy
  • Other Changes
    • Lutron works again!!!! (WHOOOOO!)
    • Add option to ignore availability in google calendar events
    • Support for smappee water sensors
    • add support for Kodi discovery
    • New math functions available for templates, sin, cos, tan, and sqrt
    • Ability to “broadcast” Facebook messages to any user who has ever messaged your chat bot
    • TTS get URL support. Allows you to call Home Assistant, and have the Home Assistant API return you a URL to the generated TTS file.
  • Home Assistant to drop the zero soon? https://www.reddit.com/r/homeassistant/comments/8dprk6/home_assistant_versioning/

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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