This leading mobile executive was into the Nest Learning Thermostat before Google was — what are his other favorite gadgets?
Product Manager, Mobile, International SOS
Matt loves to use his passion for technology and all things Internet to change the way people interact with complicated products and information. He has spent over 15 years developing strategies and solutions for web and mobile platforms for big companies like Dow Jones and Merrill Lynch as well as start-ups.
Google’s Nexus 5
As a product manager for mobile, I carry an Android device around as well as my iPhone, and the Nexus 5 gives the iPhone 5 series some serious competition. The KitKat mobile OS is fast and smooth, with deeply integrated sharing options that make both consuming and sharing information from a mobile device easy and useful.
I love iOS 7 for my iPhone 5 and iPad. Apple’s new mobile operating system was long overdue as it started to lag behind Android in features and innovation. Simple improvements like the Control Center allow me to toggle key settings that were previously buried levels deep. It’s still the workhorse for the office and personal productivity.
I’ve been wearing this for a few weeks, and now realize how small adjustments to daily rituals can lead to a healthier, more balanced life. The companion iPhone app tracks how I'm doing against my averages, which is motivation to park farther from the office and take the stairs. It also logs meals and snack, so I think twice before ordering a Grande Peppermint Mocha knowing how long it takes to walk off those calories.
Nest Learning Thermostat
These aren’t new, but after installing two in our home last year, I’m more conscious of our energy usage. Adjusting the temperature remotely was a nice feature, but after I analyzed our heating and cooling usage based on the Nest’s reports, I set a new schedule that is saving me an average 15% per month on my energy bill. This is where technology can understand and display data in a way that people can easily understand and make small changes to improve.