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Spectral Edge accelerates growth with appointment of Rhodri Thomas as CEO

Experienced tech and mobile technology executive joins from Microsoft

Cambridge, 7th February 2017, Image fusion technology leader Spectral Edge, ( today announced that Rhodri Thomas has been appointed as CEO to drive the next stage of the company’s development. He joins from London-based predictive keyboard technology pioneer SwiftKey, which was acquired by Microsoft in April 2016. His appointment follows Spectral Edge’s oversubscribed £1.5 million 2016 funding round.

Rhodri Thomas, Spectral Edge
Rhodri Thomas, Spectral Edge
As Chief Commercial Officer of SwiftKey, Rhodri oversaw significant company growth and was responsible for all business development activities including relationships with major mobile platforms, other apps and technology partners, as well as establishing the company’s San Francisco Bay Area presence. Prior to SwiftKey Rhodri held a number of product management and business development roles at companies including Unisys, Convergys, Texperts and kgb.

Spun out of the University of East Anglia (UEA) Colour Lab, Spectral Edge aims to improve the viewing experience of images, videos and TV content by delivering the perfect picture for each individual viewer. This is done with patented image fusion technology which can combine visible and invisible information (such as infrared and thermal) in real-time on consumer devices, to enhance detail, aid visual accessibility, and create ever more beautiful pictures.

Applications range from smartphone computational photography, multispectral vision for security or augmented reality, and enhancing TV pictures to improve content accessibility. The company’s technology is underpinned by strong patents and independent trials, described in peer-reviewed papers and 3rd party publications available here:

Based in the company’s Cambridge office, Rhodri will use his proven track record in developing and growing start-up organisations, along with deep knowledge and contacts in the mobile market to accelerate Spectral Edge’s expansion. Rhodri will be working closely with Christopher Cytera, COO, to drive the next stage of the company’s growth.

“As Spectral Edge expands and we bring our computational photography and image fusion technologies to market, Rhodri brings the perfect blend of skills and experience to lead the company,” said Dr Robert Swann, Chairman, Spectral Edge. “His impressive track record helping develop start-up businesses built on innovative technology, such as SwiftKey, will be a great asset.”

The Spectral Edge business model is based on licensing its intellectual property and technology to manufacturers and consumer electronics companies, enabling them to differentiate their products from rivals through its advanced imaging innovation.

“My whole career has been focused on turning cutting edge technology into sustainable, long-term businesses,” said Rhodri Thomas, CEO, Spectral Edge. “The potential of Spectral Edge’s image fusion technology is enormous – I’m excited by the market opportunity it provides to build a successful, innovative company that literally helps us see the world more clearly and beautifully.”

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