2023.7: Responding companies – Dwelling Assistant


Dwelling Assistant Core 2023.7! 🎉

The earlier launch was an enormous one, and this one is not any completely different!

This launch brings in a change to Dwelling Assistant, which we think about to be one
of the most important sport changers of the previous years: Companies can now reply with
knowledge! 🤯

It’s such a basic change, which can permit for a lot of new use circumstances and
opens the gates for limitless potentialities. I’m so enthusiastic about this one!

However that’s not all; there may be much more in retailer for you! A few of my favorites:
The Bluetooth proxies are actually lightning quick, copy ’n paste in dashboards, a brand new
sentence set off, and I like {that a} damaged automation not disappears
into skinny air however now reveals up within the UI marked as problematic.

All-in-all, a terrific launch filled with many new options and loads of
quality-of-life enhancements.

Benefit from the launch!

../Frenck

Don’t overlook to be part of our launch get together reside stream on YouTube
5 July 2023, at 12:00 PDT / 21:00 CEST!

Companies can now reply

Companies can now reply with knowledge! 🎉

Sure, you learn that proper! This superior function is a large step ahead for
Dwelling Assistant and can permit for lots of latest potentialities. It is without doubt one of the
greatest basic modifications to Dwelling Assistant made up to now years.

Calling a service in an automation or script was a one-way communication
to manage your units and companies. For instance, activate a lightweight, or make
an announcement in your audio system.

So, what’s the usage of a service responding with knowledge? Properly, it might be used to
ask for info from a tool or service. For instance, you can ask
Dwelling Assistant which occasions are in your calendar at the moment and use the
reply from that service name to create a notification or announcement.

Screenshot showing a response to a service call in the Home Assistant developers tools, listing waste pickup calendar events.

On this launch, now we have included two brand-new companies to play with service responses:

  • dialog.course of – This
    service permits you to ask Help a command or query and get a response
    again.
  • calendar.list_events – This service
    allows you to ask Dwelling Assistant for an inventory of occasions in your calendar.

In case you mix these in an automation, within the morning, you can ask
Dwelling Assistant for at the moment’s calendar occasions, add issues like climate info,
ship it to ChatGPT utilizing the dialog course of, and ask it to summarize it
and use that response to ship a notification to your cellphone.

@allenporter has put this all collectively for you in
this Blueprint:

This is only one instance, however the potentialities are limitless! It’s thrilling
to see what different inventive use circumstances and new companies with responses will
be added sooner or later!

This function can be added to scripts!
So, you may make your scripts reply and use that response in your automations.
This can be a nice approach to make your scripts extra dynamic and versatile.

A particular because of @allenporter, who has been liable for constructing out
the bigger a part of this function!

New entity dialog for Locks

We’re persevering with to enhance the entity dialogs. This time, now we have reworked
the entity dialog for locks. It seems nice!

It seems just like the entity dialog for the change, nevertheless it has a number of
further options like asking for an unlock code and has a fantastic animation
when it’s (un)locking.

Screen recording demonstrating the new lock entity dialog.

Sentence set off

Our Help is getting increasingly highly effective! This time,
now we have added a brand new set off to our automation editor that permits you to
set off an automation when a sentence is alleged to the default Help dialog
agent. 🤯

Screenshot of the new sentence trigger that can be used with automations.

Creating an automation based mostly on one thing that’s stated, has by no means been simpler.
Within the above screenshot, simply mentioning “what a multitude” will ship out the residing
room vacuum to begin cleansing up the mess.

Open help motion

One other one for the Yr of the Voice, a model new motion to be used in dashboard
playing cards, has been added: the Help motion!

Screenshot showing the new Assist action available in dashboard cards.

With this motion, you’ll be able to instantly open Help out of your dashboards utilizing,
for instance, a button and even make Help pay attention instantly.

Screen recording of the new Assist action in use. Shows the normal action and the action that start listening immediately.

There are fairly a number of circumstances the place this motion may be helpful. For instance, if
you have got a pill mounted on the wall, you should use this motion to open Help
and begin listening instantly utilizing a single button contact.

Picture entities

There’s a model new entity kind on the town: the picture entity.

The picture entity is similar to the digicam entity,
however as an alternative of offering a reside stream, it offers a single picture. For instance,
a QR code that gives the Wi-Fi credentials to your visitor community, a climate
map, a picture of the final movement detected by your digicam, or simply the lovable cat
image of the day!

Screenshot of a new image entity more information dialog, showing a QR code in the image.

Whereas the digicam entity supplied related performance, we needed to make an
entity tailor-made for these particular use circumstances. A picture entity is way
extra light-weight and environment friendly in comparison with the digicam entity. Additionally, this retains
our digicam entities targeted on offering precise digicam feeds.

Help for this model new entity has been added to the AVM Fritz!Field Instruments
(for visitor community entry), and the MQTT and
Template integrations if you wish to construct your personal.

Power dashboard: Self-sufficiency

The power dashboard has a brand new gauge, added by @TillFleisch: Self-sufficiency.

This gauge tells you ways self-sufficient your property is. The extra you are taking from
the grid, the extra the worth will lower.

Screenshot showing the energy dashboard featuring the new self-sufficiency gauge.

Growing this worth may be achieved by decreasing your consumption from the grid,
for instance, through the use of the washer when the solar is shining and photo voltaic
manufacturing is excessive or by creating automations that flip off units when photo voltaic
manufacturing is low. One other extra drastic method is by including extra photo voltaic panels
or battery storage.

Copy ’n paste help in dashboards

Within the earlier launch, @karwosts added the superb copy ’n paste function
to our automation and script editors. This launch, he’s again with the identical
function for our dashboards!

Now you can minimize, copy, and paste playing cards between your dashboards, views, and
even inside different nested playing cards. This makes it quite a bit simpler to reorganize your
dashboards!

Screenshot showing the new cut and paste options available in the overflow menu of dashboards.

Similar to with automations, choose the cardboard you wish to minimize or copy, and
when including a brand new card to your dashboard, you will note a brand new possibility to stick.

When reorganizing your dashboards that use a masonry format, it’s obligatory to
perceive the order of the playing cards throughout the completely different columns in your view.
To make that simpler we now present a positional quantity on the cardboard when
your dashboard is in edit mode.

Added bonus: Who wants drag ‘n drop if you’ve acquired click on ’n …teleport?
Simply kidding, in fact; nonetheless, teleporting already makes issues quite a bit simpler!
Click on on the positional quantity to enter a brand new place for the cardboard.

Screen recording demonstrating clicking the positional number, provides a way to move a card to a different position.

Choose the timezone to make use of/show

Now you can choose which timezone the Dwelling Assistant interface ought to use
in your person profile. Helpful when touring or if you, for instance,
handle an occasion for a relative in a unique time zone.

Screenshot showing a new option in the user profile, that allows you to choose if you want Home Assistant to use the server or your current timezone.

You may select to make use of the timezone of your present location, or use the timezone
that your Dwelling Assistant server is in. The Dwelling Assistant frontend will regulate
the entire date & occasions to the chosen timezone.

Iteration of the integrations dashboard

Within the final launch, we launched new integrations dashboard & pages,
which a lot of you actually preferred. But, there was some suggestions, and we
have been engaged on bettering it.

The primary objective was to make it really feel much less busy, extra acquainted and per
all different UI you see in Dwelling Assistant.

Screenshot showing the latest updates and tweaks made to the integrations dashboard, making it less busy.

The playing cards proven are actually extra per the remainder of Dwelling Assistant and the
full integration identify and brand is now clickable. The cog, system and repair
gadgets have been eliminated, and the symptoms for customized integrations
and cloud companies are not overlapping the logos.

Unavailable automations and scripts

Automations and scripts are superior! They’ll add loads of consolation to your
house, making your property automation really feel like magic. However they’ve a bizarre quirk:
for those who made an error of their configuration, they’d simply disappear
from Dwelling Assistant. 😞

That is not the case! 😀 If an automation or script has an error, it can
now present up as unavailable, accompanied by a crimson confused automation robotic.

Screenshot showing the list of automations, with one broken automation in that list.

Choosing such an automation will present you the main points of the error message
so you recognize what’s going on and what to repair.

Screenshot showing the automation editor displaying a broken automation, including the error message on what is wrong.

New script dialog

Once you create a brand new automation, you’ll get a pleasant dialog the place you’ll be able to create
a brand new one from scratch or use considered one of your imported blueprints
as a place to begin.

@karwosts has now added the identical dialog to our script editor! 🎉

Screenshot of the dialog shown when creating a new script, allowing you to select blueprints as well.

With the ability to arrange scripts from Blueprints is nice, as mixed with the
model new service response function, these
change into much more highly effective and much more helpful for sharing!

Yow will discover new script Blueprints so that you can use within the
Blueprint Change on our group discussion board.

Lightning quick Bluetooth proxies

An effective way to increase the vary of Bluetooth to your Dwelling Assistant arrange
is through the use of
Bluetooth proxies.
These Bluetooth proxies are actually even quicker! Like… actually quick! 🚀

You may anticipate to see a 40-80% lower in community site visitors between
Dwelling Assistant and the proxy system. It now bundles and sends a number of
Bluetooth commercials in bulk, as an alternative of sending them one after the other.

One other massive contributor to the velocity improve is that the processing of the
commercials is now achieved in Dwelling Assistant as an alternative of on the proxy system.
A win-win; it’s quicker this manner and contributes to creating the ESP system extra
steady and dependable.

For this to work, you want ESPHome 2023.6.0 or later.

Matter updates

Fairly a number of important modifications have been made to the Matter integration.

The largest change may be present in the best way subscriptions are dealt with. Particularly
on bigger (Thread) networks, this may lead to a a lot quicker and extra dependable
expertise. This additionally impacts startup time, which is now blazing quick (from
minutes to seconds).

Modifications to related Matter bridges are actually immediately detected, so when including
a brand new system to a bridge (like, for instance, a related Aqara M2 hub) the system
will present up instantly.

Final however most definitely not least: The Matter integration now helps
local weather units! 🎉


A Nest Thermostat related as a Matter local weather system.

This implies if in case you have a Nest Thermostat
(not the E or studying ones) with the newest firmware, now you can use it
instantly with Dwelling Assistant, fully native with out clouds!

Decreasing the chance of working into breaking modifications

Breaking modifications, no one loves them, however they’re typically obligatory to maneuver
ahead. We attempt to maintain them to an absolute minimal, however typically they’re
inevitable.

Nevertheless, we do wish to scale back the chance of working into them. Subsequently now we have
adopted
a brand new coverage for deprecating YAML integration configuration choices.

We now require {that a} YAML configuration possibility is deprecated for a minimum of 6
months earlier than being eliminated. This implies you gained’t be working into
a hard-breaking change for those who skip a launch or two.

To enhance this additional, if attainable, an automated migration is now required
and a difficulty within the repairs dashboard will likely be raised if the deprecation applies
to your configuration.

Different noteworthy modifications

There are lots of extra enhancements on this launch; listed here are a few of the different
noteworthy modifications this launch:

New integrations

We welcome the next new integrations on this launch:

Launch 2023.7.1 – July 6

Launch 2023.7.2 – July 13

Launch 2023.7.3 – July 21

Integrations now out there to arrange from the UI

The next integrations are actually out there through the Dwelling Assistant UI:

Need assistance? Be part of the group!

Dwelling Assistant has a terrific group of customers who’re all greater than prepared
to assist one another out. So, be part of us!

Our very energetic Discord chat server is a wonderful place to be
at, and don’t overlook to affix our superb boards.

Discovered a bug or problem? Please report it in our problem tracker,
to get it fastened! Or, examine our assist web page for steering for extra
locations you’ll be able to go.

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Breaking modifications

If you’re a customized integration developer and wish to find out about breaking
modifications and new options out there to your integration: You should definitely observe our
developer weblog. The next are essentially the most notable for this launch:

Farewell to the next

The next integrations are additionally not out there as of this launch:

All modifications

After all, there may be much more on this launch. Yow will discover an inventory of
all modifications made right here:
Full changelog for Dwelling Assistant Core 2023.7

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