Connected Spaces


The internet of things, or IoT, is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

Connected spaces are networked to enable the interconnection and interoperability of multiple devices, services and apps, ranging from communications and entertainment to healthcare, security and home automation. These services and apps are delivered over multiple interlinked and integrated devices, sensors, tools and platforms. Connected, real-time, smart and contextual experiences are provided for the household inhabitants, and individuals are enabled to control and monitor the home remotely as well as within it.

Connected-HomeThe technologies behind connected spaces can be grouped in the following categories:

  • Networking: Familiar networking technologies (high bandwidth/high power consumption), such as Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA), Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, as well as 3G and Long Term Evolution (LTE), are complemented with low-power consumption networking standards for devices and sensors that require low bandwidth and consume very little power, such as thermostats.
  • Media and Entertainment: This category, which covers integrated entertainment systems and includes accessing and sharing digital content across different devices, has proved to be the most prolific and contains some of the most mature technologies in the connected home.
  • Security, Monitoring and Automation: The technologies in this category cover a variety of services that focus on monitoring and protecting the home as well as the remote and automated control of doors, windows, blinds and locks, heating/air conditioning, lighting and home appliances, and more.
  • Energy Management: This category is tightly linked to smart cities and government initiatives, yet consumer services and devices/apps are being introduced at mass-market prices that allow people to track, control and monitor their gas/electricity consumption.
  • Healthcare, Fitness and Wellness: Solutions and services around healthcare have proven slow to take off, because they have to be positioned within a health plan and sold to hospitals and health insurance companies. The fitness and wellness segment has strong and quickly developed ecosystems that range from devices to sports wares to apps, which integrate seamlessly with each other to create a strong customer experience.


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A Few Movies to Watch During Hurricane Irene – Just For Architects

We all lead busy lives.  As Hurricane Irene and TD TEN get closer what better time to catch up watching some classic films?  While you are out buying water and batteries be sure to buy some popcorn as well.  Here is a list I compiled for you if you get stuck.  Many are available on Netflix or Hulu.

Best Films to watch during a storm – Just For Architects
by @FrankCunhaIII 

Life as a House

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My Architect

My Architect Poster

The Fountainhead

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The Belly of an Architect

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A few more 

Top 10 Movies to Watch During Hurricane Irene – With Your Family

We all lead busy lives.  As Hurricane Irene and TD TEN get closer what better time to catch up watching some classic films?  While you are out buying water and batteries be sure to buy some popcorn as well.  Here is a list I compiled for you if you get stuck.  Many are available on Netflix or Hulu.

Best Films to watch during a storm with the Family
by @FrankCunhaIII

Cars Poster

Cars (2006) 

117 min  –  Animation | Adventure | Comedy  –  9 June 2006 (USA)

A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.


John Lasseter, Joe Ranft


John Lasseter (story), Joe Ranft (story), and 14 more credits »


Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt and Paul Newman

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Shrek (2001) 

90 min  –  Animation | Adventure | Comedy  –  18 May 2001 (USA)

An ogre, in order to regain his swamp, travels along with an annoying donkey in order to bring a princess to a scheming lord, wishing himself King.


Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson


William Steig (book), Ted Elliott (screenplay), and 6 more credits »


Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz

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Toy Story (1995) 

80 min  –  Animation | Adventure | Comedy  –  22 November 1995 (USA)

A cowboy toy is profoundly threatened and jealous when a fancy spaceman toy supplants him as top toy in a boy’s room.


John Lasseter


John Lasseter (story), Pete Docter (story), and 6 more credits »


Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Don Rickles

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The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) 

94 min  –  Comedy | Family | Musical   –  13 July 1984 (USA)

Kermit and his friends go to New York to get their musical on Broadway only to find it’s a more difficult task than they anticipated.


Frank Oz


Tom Patchett (story), Jay Tarses (story), and 3 more credits »


Jim Henson, Frank Oz and Dave Goelz

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Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Star Wars (original title) 

121 min  –  Action | Adventure | Family   –  25 May 1977 (USA)

Luke Skywalker leaves his home planet, teams up with other rebels, and tries to save Princess Leia from the evil clutches of Darth Vader.


George Lucas


George Lucas


Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher

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Raiders of the Lost Ark(1981) 

115 min  –  Action | Adventure   –  12 June 1981 (USA)

Archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.


Steven Spielberg


Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay), George Lucas(story), and 1 more credit »


Harrison Ford, Karen Allen and Paul Freeman

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The Mummy (1999) 

125 min  –  Action | Adventure | Fantasy  –  7 May 1999 (USA)

An American serving in the French Foreign Legion on an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra accidentally awakens a Mummy.


Stephen Sommers


Stephen Sommers (screen story), Lloyd Fonvielle(screen story), and 5 more credits »


Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah

Superman Poster

Superman (1978) 

143 min  –  Action | Adventure | Family   –  15 December 1978 (USA)

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home’s first and greatest super-hero.


Richard Donner


Jerry Siegel (creator: Superman), Joe Shuster (creator: Superman), and 6 more credits »


Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder and Gene Hackman

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Oh, God! (1977) 

Users: (4,119 votes) 42 reviews | Critics: 13 reviews

When God appears to an assistant grocery manager as a good natured old man, the Almighty selects him as his messenger for the modern world.


Carl Reiner


Avery Corman (novel), Larry Gelbart


John Denver, George Burns and Teri Garr

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Ghost Busters (1984) 

105 min  –  Comedy | Fantasy   –  8 June 1984 (USA)

Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.


Ivan Reitman


Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and 1 more credit »


Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver

A few more:

Willy Wonka
Alice in Wonderland
Wizard of Oz
Home Alone
Men in Black

Top 10 Movies to Watch During Hurricane Irene

We all lead busy lives.  As Hurricane Irene and TD TEN get closer what better time to catch up watching some classic films?  While you are out buying water and batteries be sure to buy some popcorn as well.  Here is a list I compiled for you if you get stuck.  Many are available on Netflix or Hulu.

Best Films to watch during a storm
by @FrankCunhaIII 

Lost Highway Poster

Lost Highway (1997) 

134 min  –  Drama | Mystery | Thriller  –  21 February 1997 (USA)

After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.


David Lynch


David Lynch, Barry Gifford


Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette and John Roselius

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Crash (1996) 

100 min  –  Drama | Thriller   –  21 March 1997 (USA)

After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.


David Cronenberg


J.G. Ballard (novel), David Cronenberg


James Spader, Holly Hunter and Elias Koteas

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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) 

111 min  –  Action | Crime | Thriller   –  10 October 2003 (USA)

The Bride wakes up after a long coma. The baby that she carried before entering the coma is gone. The only thing on her mind is to have revenge on the assassination team that betrayed her – a team she was once part of.


Quentin Tarantino


Quentin Tarantino, Quentin Tarantino (character The Bride), and 1 more credit »


Uma Thurman, David Carradine and Daryl Hannah

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Pulp Fiction (1994) 

154 min  –  Crime | Thriller   –  14 October 1994 (USA)

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.


Quentin Tarantino


Quentin Tarantino (stories), Roger Avary(stories), and 1 more credit »


John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson

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8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997) 

95 min  –  Comedy | Crime   –  18 April 1997 (USA)

A mob bagman finds that his luggage, containing the proof of his latest hit, has been switched.


Tom Schulman


Tom Schulman


Joe Pesci, Andy Comeau and Kristy Swanson

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Jaws (1975) 

124 min  –  Thriller   –  20 June 1975 (USA)

When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.


Steven Spielberg


Peter Benchley (screenplay), Carl Gottlieb(screenplay), and 4 more credits »

Stars:Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss

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Dracula (1992) 

128 min  –  Horror | Romance   –  13 November 1992 (USA)

The vampire comes to England to seduce a visitor’s fiancée and inflict havoc in the foreign land.


Francis Ford Coppola


Bram Stoker (novel), James V. Hart (screenplay)


Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder and Anthony Hopkins

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Psycho (1960) 

109 min  –  Horror | Mystery | Thriller  –  25 August 1960 (Brazil)

A young woman steals $40,000 from her employer’s client, and subsequently encounters a young motel proprietor too long under the domination of his mother.


Alfred Hitchcock


Joseph Stefano (screenplay), Robert Bloch (novel)


Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh and Vera Miles

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Natural Born Killers (1994) 

118 min  –  Crime | Drama | Romance   –  26 August 1994 (USA)

Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.


Oliver Stone


Quentin Tarantino (story), David Veloz(screenplay), and 2 more credits »


Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis and Tom Sizemore

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Scarface (1983) 

170 min  –  Crime | Drama | Thriller   –  9 December 1983 (USA)

In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug empire while succumbing to greed. (Cartel not Mafia)


Brian De Palma


Oliver Stone (screenplay), and 3 more credits »


Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Steven Bauer

A Few More Suggestions:

When Harry Met Sally… Sleepless in Seattle

Police AcademyRocky



National Lampoon (Any one)


Dumb & DumberAirplane

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