Electronics innovators, Nokia and Intel, are teaming up to try to develop Star Wars-inspired 3D holographic projectors for phones.

The companies have embarked on a three-year research project that, if successful, would produce devices capable of projecting images similar to that of the hologram of Princes Leia in the first Star Wars film.

Around two-dozen computer scientists have been assigned to the project, which is being carried out at Finland's University of Oulu. They aim to further the applications and uses of increasingly powerful mobile technology, in the hope of creating more natural and intuitive user experiences.

The holograms are a primary goal, and would allow two people holding a phone conversation to see live 3D holograms of each other. The development will be done through the open-source MeeGo platform.

Rich Green, a Senior Vice President and Research Officer at Nokia, said the collaboration between the two companies was pulling the very best and most capable technology in to work together.

"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," he explained.

It is not the first attempt at creating such technology, following in the steps of Indian company Infosys, which claimed a 2008 patent for "Displaying Holographic Three Dimensional (3-D) Images". Their intention was to have holographic gaming devices ready by 2010, but there has been no sign of them yet.