Home Technology – From Connected to Proactive

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Molex and the Connected Home

Over the last decades, technology has transformed homes into “hubs of functionality” — centers of entertainment, environmental management, work, fitness, security and more. While some may view the Connected Home as the future, we believe that it is already a reality, as the hurdles to achieving connectivity have largely been met.

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Molex and the Connected Home

While Connected Home adoption continues to expand, Molex is looking ahead to the next phase, developing the technology that will guide the transition to homes that grow more proactive and automated than we can currently imagine. Molex is already adding value along a number of farreaching applications.  Our portfolio is among the world’s most extensive, with over 100,000 reliable products used across many industries. From capacitive switches and LED displays to antennas and USB connectors, an extensive Molex portfolio supports a wide range of modern home applications.

Our Connected Home Solutions

Home Technology - From Connected to Proactive

By the end of the 20th century, most homes contained items once considered extravagant luxuries, from refrigerators to multiple television sets to programmable thermostats. As sensors and interconnects have become more pervasive, and cloud technology more robust, homes evolved into today’s Connected Home.

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Home Technology - From Connected to Proactive

Devices and appliances can now connect with each other and the cloud through greater interoperability. The Connected Home is the present, but the future will demand more seamless interoperability. Leveraging growing artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing and visual recognition, the home itself will acquire the ability to sense — to “watch,” “listen,” “smell” and “feel.” For all intents and purposes, the home will become a proactive partner in its occupants’ daily existence. It will predict what it is that they need or desire, and act — based on current or changing conditions — even at times before they themselves may realize their own inclination. At the heart of this ability will be sensors that can detect movement, temperature, occupancy, etc.

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Making Tomorrow’s Proactive Home a Reality

As with autonomous driving, “autonomous living” will usher in a new age of personal productivity at home. Tomorrow’s homes will perform complicated analyses of data drawn from the cloud and local sensors, compare it with learned knowledge and preferences, and make a series of intelligent, proactive decisions that will save the home’s occupant time and energy.

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Making Tomorrow’s Proactive Home a Reality

Critical to the success of the Connected Home (and the manufacturers who enable it) is the ability to translate harvested data into product value. The many overlapping data streams in a home will be powerful predictors for all kinds of behavior, and will present new opportunities across home technology ecosystems. No one company can overcome these challenges; instead, collaboration along the entire home technology value chain will be required. Rather than thinking in terms of individual devices, suppliers for the Proactive Home will strive for complete solutions that combine devices, applications, services and processes to harvest and intelligently use all the available data. To truly be “smart,” these solutions must articulate and address consumer needs and wants. Leading manufacturers will leverage insights from across the entire supply chain, acquiring and transferring knowledge fluidly from their own component and sub-system suppliers to and from the broader technology ecosystem of which they are a part.

Proactive Home Ecosystem

Strategically Choosing the Right Solutions Developer

OEMs need to leverage solution providers that not only understand the Connected Home, but where it’s going. That means they need to work with a solutions provider that not only delivers the products and solutions to help them win consumer acceptance in a crowded field, but one that understands the possibilities of underlying technologies to transform what their products can become.

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Strategically Choosing the Right Solutions Developer

When you work with Molex, you get access to one of the world’s broadest lines of electrical interconnects, yes, but our value goes well beyond products. We can help you work through design issues and mechanical rigors — all while intelligently balancing cost, performance, weight and other requirements such as power consumption, connectivity and interoperability. Since the early days of “electronics” as we know them, Molex has been inspiring and embracing disruption. We know that the Connected Home — the Proactive Home — is a stepping stone to even bigger things as we embark on the next technological revolution. By combining data with interoperability and groundbreaking technology that’s already proven reliable, Molex is part of the Internet of Things revolution, helping change society for the better.

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