Nokia and Intel invest in 3D R&D


Nokia and Intel open Finnish research lab to develop new user interfaces, starting with 3D

Handset manufacturer Nokia and computing giant Intel have joined forces to open a new research laboratory in Finland focused on developing new mobile user interfaces.

Nokia and Intel highlighted 3D interfaces as a key area of interest for the two dozen research associates working at the lab, which will be based at the University of Oulu’s Center for Internet Excellence (pictured).

The technology duo said they plan to “leverage the rapidly increasing capabilities of mobile devices” to investigate interfaces that generate similar interactions to the real world as has happened in movies and video games through the increasing use of 3D graphics.

This will include investigating the use of holograms to make phone calls an immersive 3D experience.

The research centre forms part of Intel’s European research network known as Intel Labs Europe. Intel Labs Europe is a mechanism for coordinating the work of Intel’s research, product development and innovation labs across Europe, as well as a number of business units.

In a presentation given by Nokia director of strategy alliances and partnerships Mika Setälä, Intel Labs Europe director Martin Curley and Heikki Huomo, director of the Center for Internet Excellence at the University of Oulu, 3D was described as having the “potential to revolutionise mobile and internet user experience”.

The joint venture lab will carry out much of its research activity in an open source environment alongside the MeeGo open source operating system which was recently launched by Nokia and Intel.

Nokia senior vice president and chief technology officer Rich Green said: “By focusing our first research project on graphical 3D technology we’re demonstrating our commitment to developing truly original mobile interfaces.”