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Intel and Nokia begin work on open 3D interface for MeeGo

Intel and Nokia extended their patnership into research and development, and focus on future telecommunications solutions. The first project will be aimed at creating user interfaces for mobile devices that’re “more similar to interactions in the real world,” and take advantage of increased power of small, pocketable devices.

Since MeeGo mobile operating system is the result of Intel’s Moblin and Nokia’s Maemo combining, Intel said it’ll provide greatest flexibility for 3D development. In keeping with MeeGo’s ethos, much of the laboratory’s research will also be open source. In one of the more science-fictiony areas of development, Intel says research may be done on portable holography so consumers can see a 3D projection of the person they’re speaking to.

The Oulu laboratory where Intel and Nokia will be conducting research has a strong community of 3D developers, and the open source virtual reality platform realXtend was a product of work done there. Shown in the video below is Virtual Expo by LudoCraft, which is built upon the realXtend platform.

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