Rohan and Phil are joined by Florin from Romania to discuss the awesome goodies from the State of the Union 2019 and Florin's smart home

What has broken this week in the Internet of Things?

  • Best buy closes Insignia Devices Insignia smart home devices have been closed off as of November 6th. These cloud-based devices were sold by Best Buy, and include products such as Freezers, smart plugs, light switches and a Wi-Fi camera.Most of the devices like the freezers will now become “dumb” products, but the Wi-Fi camera is now completely useless.
  • Tuya Suffers Outage Tuya Wifi devices, which are re-branded to many different local brands around the world had an outage on November 12th.During the outage, users couldn’t connect or control their smart devices. This was caused by an outage in an AWS zone in Europe.Reddit user ob2konobi wants to remind everyone of the free Tuya Convert software, which can flash Smartlife products with Tasmota, which can then allow local control of those devices.
  • Ecobee to disable notifications for outages And not really a breaking change yet, but Ecobee is changing their notifications system, and now customers will no longer be alerted to an outage on Ecobee’s servers.This will stop some bad publicity whenever they have an outage.

State of the Union

The Home Assistant state of the union was held last week in Amsterdam, and there is so much to talk about. This was the first time Paulus and Pascal got to meet in person!
  • Home Assistant teaming up with Stanford University to integrate a new private assistant, Almond Almond is a smart assistant being developed by Stanford University, and Home Assistant has made changes to the conversation integration which can now allow Home Assistant to talk to this assistant.


  • New way to link integrations with Home Assistant and oAuth2 Nabu Casa is making it easier for integrations that use oAuth2 to link to a local instance of Home Assistant.Nabu Casa will be providing the web-side of the new oAuth link features free for all users, even if they’re not a Nabu Casa subscriber.The first integration to ship with this is the Somfy component in 0.102
  • New scene editor and scene services Announced by Paulus at the state of the Union
  • Device Automation Love A whole bunch of new device support has been added to the UI automation builder against devices. Including conditions and triggers for fans, climate, locks and vacuum’s.
  • Media Player Improvements for the Amazon Echo If you’re exposing media players to the Amazon Echo via Home Assistant, there’s some awesome new features in this release for you. Includes playback state reporting!


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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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Florin Voicu

Passionate about IT for over 25 years, especially about networks and service integration. HA has been a major enabler in taking that passion away from just computers and into most aspects of everyday life.

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