The Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia is teaming up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, otherwise known as MIT. The arrangement has resulted in a new research facility to pursue the development of smarter smartphones. Each organization will contribute 20 researchers to the facility, which will be located in Cambridge at MIT.
The ultimate goal is for phones to act as the gateway to the internet. The researchers will be looking for ways to converge smartphones and PCs, while working with the mobile constraints of size and battery power. They will work towards the development of Mobile Ecosystem 2012, which will be a collection of hardware and software based technology that will change the ways that phones communicate and trade data. Another project called Simone, will be a standard to allow you to interact with your phone via speech. It will be at least five years before any of the efforts of the lab become commercialized.