Intel and Nokia Join Hands to Create a Research Lab

intel logo Intel and Nokia Join Hands to Create a Research LabIntel announced in a press release that it is joining hands with Nokia and University of Oulu, Finland to open a new research lab. The research center will house about two dozen research professionals and the major focus of the new university research center will be on 3D technology for mobile.

nokia logo Intel and Nokia Join Hands to Create a Research LabThe research lab will initially conduct research on mobile user experience on the increasingly powerful smartphones. Intel said the lab will try to create interfaces that are more natural, intuitive and similar to real world interactions. Intel hopes to build an mobile interface that is similar to the current gaming interfaces that use realistic 3D graphics.

Intel-Nokia Lab to Focus on 3D Mobile

MeeGo OFFICIAL logo gp 300x82 Intel and Nokia Join Hands to Create a Research LabThe main focus of the lab is in line with Intel and Nokia’s open source mobile platform MeeGo.  The press release said most of the results of the lab’s research will be open source and therefore, MeeGo offers the “greatest flexibility for developing new 3-D experiences on mobile devices”.  The open source project MeeGo is one of Intel’s efforts to gain some space in mobile industry.

The new research center at University of Oulu is one of many research efforts from Intel in Europe.  Intel has created a network of research and development centers, called Intel Labs Europe, containing more than dozen initiatives across the Europe. ILE is collaborating with universities, industries and government institutions with aim to advance and strengthen technology in Europe.
Justin Rattner, Intel chief technology officer and director of Intel Labs, said
The University of Oulu’s focus on future telecommunications solutions as well as electronics and photonics made it the perfect location for the Intel and Nokia Joint Innovation Center.

Intel Wants 3D Holograms on Mobile

With the new research effort, Intel hopes to make the sci fi-like scenario of the ability to display 3D hologram of the person you are talking to over the phone a reality. Intel believes that customers will have a more involved and engaged mobile experience than the current approaches.

Echoing Intel’s view on the future of 3D mobile experience , Rich Green, Senior vice president and chief technical officer, Nokia, said

3-D technology could change the way we use our mobile devices and make our experiences with them much more immersive.  Our new joint laboratory with Intel draws on the Oulu research community’s 3-D interface expertise, and over time will lay down some important foundations for future mobile experiences.

Intel has been trying hard , but with less success, to get into mobile market, with its Atom chips. Recently, Intel agreed to acquire the security giant McAfee to build security-aware hardwares.

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