In December 2019, an outbreak of a novel Coronavirus also called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), began in the Wuhan region of China. This virus can cause the COVID-19 disease.
This novel Coronavirus is spreading globally at a disturbing rate, which keeps everybody on top of the news. The media worldwide is covering the spread of the virus constantly, and a lot of people are tracking the number of cases in their country.
This special release adds the Coronavirus integration, allowing you to track the outbreak from within Home Assistant.
While having a meeting at Nabu Casa, we caught ourselves talking a lot about the state of the virus spreading in the countries we live in. Which brought us to the subject of being able to track the virus in Home Assistant itself.
So together, we started working on an integration right away. We decided to bring you a special release of Home Assistant that includes this integration.
The Coronavirus integration tracks the number of people that are confirmed with, recovered from, and deceased caused by the virus in your country, or worldwide.
The data is sourced from the Johns Hopkins University.
Screenshot of the Coronavirus integration in Home Assistant.
This integration can be configured via the Home Assistant frontend.
- Go to Configuration -> Integrations.
- Click on the
+in the bottom right corner to add a new integration.
- Search and select the Coronavirus integration form the list.
- Follow the instruction on screen to add the sensors. Either choose for adding world-wide sensors, or a specific set of sensors for your country.
If you want to track both world-wide and one or more countries at the same time, you can repeat the configuration process described above to add multiple instances of the integration.
For the latest information about the Coronavirus, be sure check the website of the World Health Organization. The WHO provides good information on basic protective measures you can take against the new Coronavirus.
For the 4th edition, I thought it fitted to devote the community highlights to 3D!
That is actually a lie, the 3rd edition would have been much more fitting, but was hijacked by Paulus 😉 At least it’s my 3rd community highlight writeup, so that counts, right?
Ready for some highly inspiring and mind-blowing 3D creations?
Are you sure you ready? Because Harrie de Groot created a fully navigatable 3D model of his home using Unity, accessible from within Home Assistant.
You really need to watch the video below now…
Well done, Harrie! That looks slick!
More details on his creation can be found on the Home Assistant Community Forum.
If you have been around a bit, you might have come across a screenshot of someone with an interactive floorplan in Home Assistant. Ryan Connolly took that idea straight into the real world by 3D printing his floorplan, wired it, and hooked it up Home Assistant.
Talking about taking things into another dimension…
Ok, so the above two, rather impressive, listings might be a bit out of reach for the most of us. Still, with some help, you could still achieve some pretty nice looking 3D floorplans. Aaron Godfrey wrote a couple of excellent blog posts on this.
In his first blog post, Aaron shows you what his floorplan looks like
He followed up with two blog posting on how to achieve this:
- Tips for creating a Floorplan in Sweet Home 3D
- Creating an Interactive 3D Floorplan in Home Assistant
I’ve personally got recommended a tool for creating a 3D floorplan with a tool that is generally lesser-known, but actually pretty awesome! HomeByMe
This is a result of a 3D floorplan created with HomeByMe.
It works fully in the browser and I enjoyed the experience using that. So credits where credits due: Thanks for recommending me this sweet little gem Andrea Donno!
Have you seen (or made) something awesome, interesting, unique, amazing, inspirational, unusual or funny, using Home Assistant?
Also, don’t forget to share your creations with us via Social Media:
- Twitter it! Be sure to mention @home_assistant
- Share it on our Facebook group
- Post it to our subreddit
- Tag @homeasssistant on Instagram
- Or via chat, drop us a line in the #lounge at Discord
See you next edition!