Rohan and Phil break down the 2021.6 release, and Rohan talks about the outdoor smart plug from Lutron.
“A little bit of everything” – the best way to describe this release

New Features

  • Hue Service now has support for push updates If you’re using the Philips Hue integration, Home Assistant can now receive instant status updates about lights from the Philips Hue hub. If you change a colour or state of a light outside of Home Assistant, it will be pushed over to Home Assistant instantly.
  • Services has a better user experience If you use the services tab of the developer tools often, you’ll notice a better UI experience
  • New features for Sonos! There is now the ability for Home Assistant to disable hardware buttons on speakers, and also to turn off the Sonos status lights. Alarms can also be updated and controlled by switches.
  • New Recorder Integration If you want to move away from SQLlite database files, there is now an Oracle DB integration for the recorder component. Similar to how you can choose to enable MySQL support.

New Integrations

  • System Bridge System Bridge is an open-source application that allows you to have an API for your system, Its compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux host machines. The new System Bridge integration with Home Assistant allows you to view information about your computers, and send commands to them.
  • Kraken Kraken is a crypto currency exchange. The new Home Assistant integration allows you to monitor exchange rates.
  • Garages Amsterdam Allows Home Assistant to report how many car park spots are available in specified parking garages around Amsterdam.
  • Meteoclimatic Weather Platform Displays the current weather reported by specific Meteoclimatic stations.

Breaking Changes

  • Lifx Legacy This integration has been removed. Move over to the new and improved Lifx integration instead
  • Spot Crime Access to their API is no longer available, so this integration has been removed.
  • Homekit Homekit climate devices will change the reported temperature precision for their current_temperature attribute from whole degrees to 0.1 degree increments when measured in Fahrenheit. Automations which rely on whole-number precision may need adjustments.A similar breaking change was done last release for Ecobee

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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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