Home Assistant 2023.8: Translated services, events, and wildcards!

Home Assistant 2023.8: Translated services, events, and wildcards!

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Home Assistant Core 2023.8! 馃帀

Another month, another fine release of Home Assistant! This release is a bit more
conservative after two absolutely packed releases in June
and July. Many of us are enjoying summer holidays 馃彇锔.

Pretty much all features in this release are absolutely amazing, and it is hard
to pick a favorite. Great translation improvements that help with the user
experience, a new entity to capture events from things like remotes, and the
new Assist features are, again, mind-blowing!

Talking about Assist, have you seen the blog on Year of the Voice – Chapter 3?
Or, check the live stream recording on YouTube,
where the new features have been demonstrated.

Some new integrations have been added too. Most notably Opower!
This integration can pull in energy usage data from many utility companies in
the United States. For example, it supports PG&E,
ComEd, BGE, and many more! 鈿★笍
Very good news for all our American friends!

Enjoy the release!

../Frenck

Don鈥檛 forget to join our release party live stream on YouTube
2 August 2023, at 12:00 PDT / 21:00 CEST!

Translated services

All services in Home Assistant are now translatable! 馃寧

Services are the actions you can call, like turning on a light. This was one of
the bigger parts of Home Assistant that still was only available in English.
Odd, as the Home Assistant interface can be used in 60+ languages!

In this release, translations for these services have been added to drastically
improve the experience when English is not your primary language. For example,
when you use the Dutch language (as used in the screenshot below), the service
to turn on a light is now also translated into Dutch.

Screenshot showing the Home Assistant interface in the Dutch language, showcasing the translations for service calls.

A big step forward! Implementing this change has resulted in a substantial
increase in the number of translations. They have doubled! 馃槄

Because of that, translating all services might take some time; however鈥
You can help! You don鈥檛 have to be a developer to help with this; you can do this
from the comfort of your browser. Check out our documentation on
how to contribute translations.

Introducing the event entity

Events are signals that are emitted when something happens, for example, when
someone presses a physical button like a doorbell or when a button on a remote
control is pressed.

If you have ever tried to work with events in Home Assistant, you probably
noticed that it was not the easiest thing to do. You need to know the event name,
and then you need to know the data that is being sent with it. Before you know it,
you鈥檒l start fiddling with the developer tools to figure out what is going on.

To make this all easier, we are introducing a new entity type in this release:
The event entity.

The event entity can capture these events in the physical world and makes them
available in Home Assistant as an entity. Take for example, this Hue remote:

Screenshot showing the new event entities provided by a Philips Hue remote.

The beauty of the event entity is that they can be used like any other entity
in Home Assistant: They will show up in the UI, can be used directly in the
automations editor, and provide historical information in the logbook.

Besides Matter, the event entity is also supported by
HomeKit Devices, MQTT,
and Philips Hue. We expect to see more integrations
supporting this new entity type soon.

Improving the first experience with Home Assistant

Onboarding is a user鈥檚 first experience with Home Assistant. The onboarding
screens are the first you see, and steps you take when you access Home Assistant
for the first time, setting up things like your account and language preferences.
The goal is to ensure this process is seamless, which is why we鈥檝e made
improvements to the onboarding experience.

To achieve this, we have implemented a search field on the map during
onboarding. Instead of endlessly dragging the pin on the map around,
you can now easily search for your location.

Screenshot showing you can now enter your address to quickly find your location on the map.

This is powered by OpenStreetMap 鉂わ笍

Add items to your shopping list using Assist

What if you could ask Assist to add items to your
Home Assistant shopping list? Well, now you can!

Add milk to my shopping list!

Screenshot showing asking assist to add milk to the shopping list.

In case you are wondering, the shopping list integration adds a handy page to
your Home Assistant interface to which everyone in your household can add items.
It is a great way to keep track of what you need to buy, and now you can
add items to it with your voice using Assist!

Screenshot showing the shopping list integration in Home Assistant.

To be able to use this feature, you need to have the shopping list integration
set up, which is as easy as clicking the My Home Assistant button below:

config flow start

Generate an image with OpenAI鈥檚 DALL-E

In the last release, we added the ability for services to respond with data,
and now we added a service that allows you to generate an image using
OpenAI鈥檚 DALL-E.

All you need is to set up the OpenAI conversation agent
integration on your instance, and you will get a new service:
openai_conversation.generate_image.

Call this service describing the image you鈥檇 like the AI to generate, and
it will respond with an image URL you can use in your automations.

Screenshot showing the new generate image service with DALL-E from OpenAI, asking to generate an image of an astronaut riding a unicorn.

You could, for example, use this to generate an image of a city that matches
the weather conditions outside of your home, let the AI generate an image
about the latest news headline to show on your dashboard, or maybe generate
a fun image of someone putting out garbage on garbage day.

developer call service

You could even combine it with the wildcard support for sentence triggers so you
could ask Home Assistant to generate an image using your voice鈥

Wildcard support for sentence triggers

Sentence triggers now support
wildcards! This means you can now partially match a sentence, and use the
matched part in your actions. This is what powers the above
shopping list feature
too, and it can be used for many other things as well.

You could, for example, create a sentence trigger that matches when you say:

Play the white album by the Beatles

Using the wildcard support, you can get the album and artist name from the spoken
sentence and use those in your actions. To trigger on the above example sentence,
you would use the following command in your sentence trigger:

Screenshot showing an automation that uses a sentence trigger that has wildcards in it.

This will make the album and artist available as trigger variables that you
can use in your actions; for example, to start playing the music requested.

These wildcards are interesting and open up a lot of possibilities!
Read more about sentence triggers in our documentation.

JLo realized he could use these wildcards, combined with the new
generate image service, to let
Home Assistant generate an image and show it on his Chrome Cast-enabled device
just by using his voice! 馃槑 You could ask it:

Show me a picture of an astronaut riding a unicorn!

He put this together in an automation blueprint, which you can use to do the
same thing in your own Home Assistant instance:

Screenshot showing how the blueprint by JLo looks like in Home Assistant.

Provide the sentence you like to trigger on and the media player you want to
show the image at, and you鈥檙e good to go! You can import his blueprint using
the My Home Assistant button below:

blueprint import

Condition selector

A new selector is available for use in, for example, blueprints:
The condition selector.

This selector takes and shows the condition part of the automation editor,
and allows blueprint creators to use a user-provided condition in their
blueprinted automations and scripts.

condition selector
This blueprint allows one to set a custom condition using the new condition selector.

Other noteworthy changes

There are many more improvements in this release; here are some of the other
noteworthy changes this release:

  • Tons of performance upgrades again this month (thanks @bdraco), these
    include a much faster ingress experience when visiting add-on web interfaces. 馃殌
  • @emontnemery added filters to many of the services Home Assistant provides,
    meaning only options relevant to the entity you are calling the service on
    will be shown in the UI. Nice!
  • CO2Signal changed its name to Electricity Maps. The integration
    has been renamed to match that. Thanks, @madsnedergaard!
  • @Lash-L keeps extending the Roborock integration, adding many new entities
    in this release. This includes an error sensor, volume controls,
    and DnD setting times. Awesome!
  • EZVIZ received a big update, adding support for alarm control panels, buttons,
    and select entities. Thanks @RenierM26!
  • @farmio added support for adding date and date/time entities to KNX! Great!
  • The Xiaomi BLE now supports the MiScale (V1 and V2). Thanks, @Ernst79!
  • UniFi Network now has controls to turn an UniFi WLAN on and off and added
    image entities for QR codes for WLAN access. Thanks, @Kane610!

New integrations

We welcome the following new integrations in this release:

This release also has a new virtual integration. Virtual integrations
are stubs that are handled by other (existing) integrations to help with
findability. These are new:

Integrations now available to set up from the UI

The following integrations are now available via the Home Assistant UI:

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