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New Director of Development Leads MAYA Design's Interstacks Initiative

Aug 30, 2010 (12:08 PM EDT)
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Seasoned Entrepreneur to Develop Path to Interconnectivity Market

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- MAYA Design, a leading technology design and innovation lab, is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Kiliany as director of development, Interstacks and engineering fellow. Kiliany will lead the development of MAYA's Interstacks technology, created to interconnect and control the increasing number of common products, services and environments that contain microprocessors.

Previously, Kiliany founded iKnowthat.com, a developer of Web-hosted multimedia learning activities integrated with social networking, a massively multiplayer virtual world and user-generated content.  Formerly, Kiliany co-founded Dynavox, a company dedicated to helping people with disabilities communicate and extend their reach.  He directed product development at Dynavox, which was acquired by Sunrise Medical in 1998 and recently spun out as a standalone public company.

"Gary is an experienced product-development manager for innovative hardware, software, mobile and Internet products," said Mickey McManus, MAYA's president and CEO. "He knows how to balance customer needs, marketplace dynamics and the innovation potential of advanced technologies to bring innovative products like Interstacks to market. We're excited to have him on board to further MAYA's pivotal role in the looming multibillion dollar pervasive-computing industry."

MAYA focuses on the deep implications of a trillion-node world, which will encompass a multitude of networked devices and smart services throughout our environment. The company's Interstacks technology, developed as part of its internal R&D effort, will help tame the complexity of this world.  Systems-integrators, makers, corporate innovation labs, students, architects, entrepreneurs and end-users will have the ability to meet targeted application needs through the assembly of unique hardware and software devices out of standard recomposable modules.

"I am thrilled to be furthering MAYA's pervasive-computing agenda," said Kiliany.  "My goal will be to develop a path to market for Interstacks that will result in the spin-off of another MAYA company dedicated to the sane, elegant and scalable interconnectivity of products and services."

MAYA Design has spun off four companies since its founding in 1989:  MAYA Viz (now part of General Dynamics C4 Systems), Rhiza Labs, The MAYA Group, and LUMA Institute.

About MAYA:

Since its founding in 1989, MAYA Design has been dedicated to improving the interactions between people and information technology. Through its human-centered research and commercial design practices, it helps companies and organizations take advantage of the great potential for organic growth driven by innovative, networked products and smart services. For more information visit http://www.maya.com.



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