Home Assistant Podcast 52 – 0.95, Alexa Entities, Dynamically blocking ads and Brendon

June 27, 2019    47:33    Download

Home Assistant Podcast 52 – 0.95, Alexa Entities, Dynamically blocking ads and Brendon

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Amazon Echo

  • You can now choose which entities are exposed to the Amazon Echo via the user interface.
  • If you have previously configured entity include/exclude filters, you’ll need to remove these to configure entity via the interface.
  • There is an option to send state changes to Amazon. With this enabled, you can use the Amazon Echo app on your phone to create routines based on activities.

    For example, announce the weather when an input_boolean turns on perhaps


New Features

  • Better support for moving Home Assistant installations
    If you’re living on a boat, or RV which moves around, Home Assistant now has support to update the GPS coordinates of the home location.

    Use the new service homeassistant.set_location service

  • Adguard Component
    Adguard is a network-wide ad blocking system. With this component you can now control it from the Home Assistant front-end, and even automate it.

    Some examples include blocking social media sites during the day, and then re-enabling them in the evening, Or perhaps automating the adult filter to only turn on when you’re home alone 😉

    If you’re using HASS IO there is a Adguard component available for one-click setup!

  • Google Cloud Text to Speech
    This new text to speech provider is a paid text to speech service from google, offering over 100 voices in 20 languages. There’s two pricing options available, with the more natural sounding voices using WaveNet technology at $16 USD per 1 million characters. Non WaveNet voices are $4 per 1 million characters.
  • Queensland Bushfire Alerts
    If you’re in Queensland Australia, Home Assistant can now know about bushfire events in your area!

Breaking Changes

  • Life360 Integration is now official
    The Life360 integration has been broken for a while, but its now back! If you were testing things out with the custom Life360 component, you’ll need to watch out for this release and upgrade to the official component.
  • Uber is gone
    Uber have closed their public API, and Home Assistant component has been removed.

    On June 13 Uber closed its public API with less than a weeks notice. The API allowed third parties including Home Assistant to see realtime ETA and pricing information for Uber.


Home Assistant Cloud by Nabu Casa

Easily connect to Google and Amazon voice assistants for a small monthly fee that also supports the Home Assistant project. Configuration is via the User Interface so no fiddling with router settings, dynamic DNS or YAML.


Todays Guest

Brendon Baumgartner

IT guy and Home Automation enthusiast


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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