Intel, Nokia Plan to Make 3-D Capable Mobile Devices
Intel and Nokia have announced a joint facility for research, which sounds boring at first until it's revealed that the companies' first goal will be bringing 3-D content to mobile devices.
Perhaps emboldened by the announcement of the Nintendo 3DS handheld console , which produces a 3-D image and doesn't even require special glasses, Intel and Nokia's Joint Innovation Center will strive to create "interfaces that are more similar to interactions in the real world," according to a joint statement. But those interfaces will be displayed in 3-D .
"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, Nokia. "Our new joint laboratory with Intel draws on … 3-D interface expertise, and over time will lay down some important foundations for future mobile experiences ."
There are no promises made about what or when the laboratory will produce results, but it seems clear that the companies want to focus on MeeGo, a Linux-based operating system that Intel and Nokia created for Nokia phones. In fact, the laboratory isn't just focusing on one kind of device; presumably these partners will want it to show up in devices of all sizes, from phones to tablets.