Rohan and Phil are joined by Aaron (bachya) to discuss 0.70, and Aaron's various uses of Home Assistant.
  • 0.70
    • New Platforms
      • New components for HomeaticIp Cloud, including binary sensors for shutters and motion. Power switches (including those that measure power) and light switches that measure light levels.
      • Facebox facial and number recognition.
      • SpaceAPI. Allows hacker spaces to expose details about co-working locations
      • Samsung Familyhub Refrigerator Camera Component
      • Konnected Component. Konnected is an open source application that runs on a NodeMCU ESP8266. Konnected develops hardware designed for connecting traditional wired alarm system sensors and sirens to home automation.
      • FinTS Sensor – Allows Home Assistant to read information about bank accounts that implement the FinTS/HBCI standard. Mainly used for German banks
    • Breaking Changes
      • Custom UI – There’s a lot of refactoring going on in the front end at the moment. If you’re using custom UI components for Home Assistant, check to ensure they’re still compatible before upgrading.
      • SABNZD has been moved away from a sensor to its own component. If you’re using this, you’ll need to update your configuration.
      • BMW Connected Drive has some breaking changes. There’s a whole bunch of new sensors such as charging status for electric vehicles, parking light status etc.
      • notification platform has been removed. They’re no longer online or available from the app stores.
      • Darksky Sensor – Dark Sky API has deprecated temperatureMin, temperatureMax, apparentTemperatureMin, and apparentTemperatureMax
    • Noteworthy Features
      • Unique IDs supported for MQTT switches
      • Roku media players now have support for entity IDs via the Entity registry! Thanks Aaron!
      • Support for Zigbee pressure sensors
      • Bulgarian language added to Google TTS
      • Homekit support for Fans
      • Homekit – if your alarm panel or lock requires a code to lock or unlock, that can now be specified in your Home Assistant config
      • Rainmachine updates from Aaron.
  • Today’s Guest – Aaron

Hosted By

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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Special Appearances By

Aaron Bach

Passionate about automation, IoT, serverless, and writing code he can understand 6 months later.

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Special episodes focused on various aspects of Home Assistant and Home Automation.