Intel and Nokia are creating a joint development center at Finland's University of Oulu, aiming to develop 3D and other new interfaces for mobile devices running MeeGo.
Actual detail of what they might come up with is thin on the ground. Initially, the lab, which will house about two dozen researchers, will work on developing 'experiences that are more natural and intuitive'.
Intel says the work could eventually include development of a Star-Wars-style 3D holographic display showing phone users the person they're talking to. Another - more immediately plausible - idea is a virtual control panel for household devices.
“3-D 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 for Nokia. “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.”
The lab will be located at the Center for Internet Excellence at the University of Oulu, and will, hope the companies, serve as a focus for MeeGo developers.
The MeeGo OS was launched by the two companies in February. The first product to use it is tipped to appear any day now, with pictures being leaked online of a device claimed to be the Nokia N9, which Nokia has already said will be the first to run the new OS.
And with Nokia falling behind in the US market, it needs MeeGo to take off.
"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 team will work closely with the Oulu Urban Living Labs, which conducts sensor research and testing and pilots technological and social innovations.