Home Assistant Podcast 73 – Paulus joins us to talk 0.115, Media Browser, Tags, IFTTT Pro + more

September 18, 2020    01:41:16    Download

Home Assistant Podcast 73 – Paulus joins us to talk 0.115, Media Browser, Tags, IFTTT Pro + more

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00:01:03: Home Assistant Birthday
00:03:15: Cloud Strikes Again
00:11:47: What the Heck
00:16:29: 0.115
01:18:27: Questions to/From Paulus

Cloud Strikes Again: IFTTT Pro

IFTTT or “If This Then That” has launched a new “pro” subscription model.

Under the pro model, users can create applets with multiple “if this” logic, which has been a huge feature request.

However moving forward, IFTTT free tier will be restricted to only three “applets”. If you want to create more than three applets, you will need an IFTTT Pro monthly subscription.



New Features

  • Media Browser / Media Source
    Different media players, like Sonos and Spotify can have their own media players within Home Assistant. You can even add local media

  • Tags
    Read and Write NFC tags on Android and iOS devices.  

  • Variables in Scripts and Automations
  • Wait For Trigger
    Pauses an execution until a trigger has been fired. Some uses could be for a multi-stage automation. Ex: Something happens and you need to trigger an alarm. Maybe we want to get an input first and hold off until a user presses sound the alarm on the actionable notification
  • Triggers and Conditions on Entity Attributes
    Much easier to use device attributes to trigger events or use conditions.

    Previously you may have had to expose these attributes using template sensors so they could be added against your automations. No longer the case.
  • Improved template tracking
  • Templates now accepted in data, service & event_data
    No more need to use data_template or service_templates
  • Logbook Panel gets more information
    You can now see what automation or script caused the change of state and also what action was used to do it.

  • New Calendar Card for Home Assistant
    The team briefly mentioned this when they came up with the calendar panel. Similar thing, but in card format in Lovelace.
  • Re-arrange the sidebar icons by drag-and-drop!
    Press and hold the sidebar, then move things around or remove them based on what you like!
  • Upload avatar pictures for users
    Use the GUI to upload profile pics!

  • More YAML Reloading
    Too many to list out, but it is now possible to re-load more integrations and YAML entries without needing to restart Home Assistant.

    You can also reload an integration that is setup with the UI.
  • Shelly
    Start bringing in the popular Shelly devices directly into Home Assistant
  • Flo by Moen
    Smart Water shut off valve.
  • Native Mac app
    (Windows alternative exists, IoT Link)



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

Paulus Schoutsen

Paulus is the founder of Home Assistant.

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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