Intel and Nokia Create Joint Laboratory for Mobile Interface Research

Tuesday Aug 24th 2010 by Developer.com Staff
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Nokia, Intel and the University of Oulo have joined forces in creating research lab for mobile device user interface design, much of the work is expected to be open source.

Intel and Nokia have been working together on the open source MeeGo mobile operating system, but today the companies announced a joint research facility to build new user interfaces for mobile devices.

In conjunction with the University of Oulo in Finland, Intel and Nokia announced the Joint Innovation Center. According to the press release, the facility will employ about two dozen R&D professionals and become the latest member of Intel's European Research Network, Intel Labs Europe.

"Initially the lab will conduct research for new and compelling mobile user experiences that could leverage the rapidly increasing capabilities of mobile devices," the press statement said. "Creating interfaces that are more similar to interactions in the real world can enable experiences that are more natural and intuitive, in the same way that modern games and movies are more immersive through the use of realistic 3-D graphics."

Intel's chief technology officer Justin Rattner said, "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."

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