Hello, my name's Tom.
I founded imactivate in 2013 to make real objects digitally active. We quietly developed and maintained the Phonegap plugin for Moodstocks until they were acquired by Google. We released Rusty the Squeaky Robot, an augmented-reality physical book for children with real-time translations and human voices, in 2014. We're proud that it still works fantastically well and I'd love to sell you a copy today.
Since 2013 a lot has changed. I still work on computer vision, such as The Little Car Counter but I now focus on selling systems and data analysis based on this to businesses and government. I also joined the Open Data Institute Leeds as as the first associate. As an early supporter I and imactivate have played a key role in making Leeds one of the world's best cities for open data.
I write for various publication about industrial strategy in the UK, and I sell software I've written for Windows 10. My top-seller is the top-rated photo management app PhotoMaps. Oh and if you've ever checked your bin day in Leeds using an app, I wrote it.
Before starting imactivate I completed my Ph.D in the Systems Biology of Malaria at the University of Leeds. MetNetMaker, my popular tool for manually building small metabolic networks, is still available on this site. I believe more and more that improving the usability of software in scientific research could help us achieve much more. One day I'd like to try that.