Intel and Nokia have announced at the University of Oulu in Finland, which has expertise in 3D interfaces, will be the home of their first joint research lab.
The joint research center will create software for 3D and virtual reality experiences for use on mobile devices. The software will be developed by about 24 engineers in Oulu using the open-source MeeGo operating system, which was launched in February by Intel and Nokia. An early version of the MeeGo mobile phone OS went to developers in late June. The companies said in a conference call that they envisioned 3D and virtual reality software running on a broad range of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets.
Intel had described its deal with Nokia in 2009 as the year’s most significant collaboration and Nokia said it would “explore new ideas in designs, materials and displays that will go far beyond devices and services on the market today.”
All well and good, but Intel, which is trying to break into the smartphone market this year, and Nokia, which is struggling to maintain its grip in it, need results fast and there is little sign of the partnership bearing significant fruit anytime soon.