Intel, Nokia lab to develop 3D virtual worlds for phones

Nokia, Intel and the Finnish University of Oulo are to start a three year collaboration concentrating on 3D mobile applications and interfaces.

Intel said that the goal is to research next generation mobile applications and experiences. The companies and academics are presuming that a 3D internet will emerge, based on stereoscopic and 3D displays and because bandwidth is set to proliferate over the next 10 years.

Mass collaboration will be the single paradigm we’ll see over the next decade. Intel and Nokia chose Oulo is because of the community at Oulo. It has a notable record in developing open source software.

Oulo University

Intel said it has been investing heavily in Europe and the Oulo Lab will be the 22nd Intel lab in Europe, with 24 researchers collaborating with both the Open Lab in Ireland as well as the automotive and other Intel labs.

Nokia’s rationale, said a representative,  is that virtual worlds have the potential to revolutionise users’ experiences. Nokia will be working on products that incorporate that.

Nokia said that 3D will be big for mobile phones and the first application could be controlling homes’ heating and lighting. Gaming will also play a role in the future.

In Europe Intel has 22 labs with an integrated research agenda, said Intel. In various different labs and development centres, the company integrates the output and shows “smart things” it can do with electrons in applications

That strategy is related to the European Union’s Europe 2020 project, based on the Lisbon strategy.