Rohan and Phil are joined by Aaron (bachya) to discuss 0.76, and Aaron's Home Assistant as a Service.
  • 0.76
    • New Features
      • Background feature has been added: contexts. This will be used to track why things are changed, for example did an automation change it, or did a user change it (and which user). Will become more useful as we see the user auth system being fleshed out in the coming releases. Requires a migration, which may take some time when you first upgrade. Beta users have been reporting upgrade times around 15 minutes.
      • RitAssist / FleetGO support – This platform allows you to integrate your vehicles equipped with RitAssist or FleetGO hardware into Home Assistant. It allows you to see certain details about your vehicle, but also shows your vehicle on the map.
      • OpenUV sensors. Supports Current UV Index, Max UV index for the day Current ozone level Safe sun exposure time for various skin types Whether one should wear sun protection at the current moment.
      • Enphase Envoy component (solar energy monitor)
      • media_player.dlna_dmr component. allows you to control a DLNA Digital Media Renderer, such as DLNA enabled TVs or radios.
      • PJLink media player platform – allows you to control from Home Assistant, projectors with support for the PJLink protocol.
      • RMV public transport sensor. adds a new public transport sensor for the Rhein-Main area (Germany)
    • Breaking Changes
      • deCONZ now has support for power plugs. Power plugs that are of type “On/Off plug-in unit” and “Smart plug” (Osram and Innr among others) will now be switches instead of lights. Entities will be found as switch.entity_id instead of light.entity_id.
      • Keenetic NDMS2 Routers – Now using telnet instead of Web Interface. May require config updates
      • Convert wind speed to km/h for openweathermap
      • Telstra (Australia) SMS notification platform has been removed, due to the v1 API being deprecated.
      • Velbus – you don’t need to specify modules manually anymore in the configuration file, but just load the velbus component which will automatically load the switch and binary_sensor platforms. In addition, the fan and light platforms are removed since these should be modeled with template platform based on velbus switches.
      • Facebox – Events are no longer fired when a face is taught, as these are unnecessary and the info they convey is already in the logs.
    • Noteworthy Updates
      • Kodi media player platform now supports unique id based on discovery
      • support for STATES of vacuums
      • realtime true/false switch for Waze – users can optionally request the “normal”/average travel time that Waze expects for the route at the current time of day – disregarding the current traffic situation but taking into account average traffic situation.

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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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Aaron Bach

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

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