Intel and Nokia working on bringing 3D to mobile device interfaces

Intel and Nokia have set up a joint research lab to develop 3D user interfaces for mobile devices.

“3D technology could change the way we use our mobile devices and make our experiences with them much more immersive," said Rich Green, senior vice president and chief technical officer of Nokia. "Our new joint laboratory with Intel draws on the Oulu research community’s 3D interface expertise and over time, will lay down some important foundations for future mobile experiences.”

The Intel and Nokia Joint Innovation Center will be based in the Center for Internet Excellence (CIE) at the University of Oulu. It will initially house about two dozen researchers and run for three years.

“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,” said Justin Rattner, Intel chief technology officer and director of Intel Labs.

The Oulu region has a strong 3D internet development community, and technologies such as the open-source virtual reality platform realXtend have been created as a result of 3D internet research in Oulu.

“The Intel and Nokia Joint Innovation Center is an important milestone in strengthening our position as a world-class research university,” said Lauri Lajunen, Rector of the University of Oulu. “The collaboration will spur start-up growth and continue the collaborative tradition in the Oulu region. The Oulu area living lab environment provides a unique environment for sensing, testing and piloting technological and social innovations.”

Additional funding for the joint lab has been applied from Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation.

The CIE will provide hosting and operational management for the joint lab. It was founded in 2009 by the City of Oulu, Nokia, the University of Oulu, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, Oulu University of Applied Sciences and Technopolis.

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