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Paris - 2020-06-03

When Blacknut imagined the Future of Gaming with Interdigital and Nvidia


There’s been lots of talk about VR and 5G as the perfect combination when it comes to cloud gaming services in the future. But with VR still struggling to be anything more than a fun but niche way to enjoy games and movies, you can understand why we wanted to experiment with some other technologies.

That’s why Blacknut was happy to partner with InterDigital and Nvidia to do R&D work to develop this industry-first: a way to control cloud-based streaming games with gestures and body movement.

How does it work? By taking a video feed of a gamer's movements and processing them in the cloud using AI to convert the video into vectors, coordinates and motion data. The collected data can then be applied to control the game that's also streaming from the cloud, either on a phone or PC, without having to use or purchase any additional equipment.

In our proof of concept a player can control a snowboarding avatar on-screen in almost real-time, leaning left and right to steer, and making moves that are mirrored in the game.

Of course, we can remember how Microsoft launched the Xbox Kinect, while rival Sony tried the Playstation Move. Both were quite expensive at the time and only worked with a limited number of games. This project with InterDigital and Nvidia gets rid of all the boxes and cables and makes it happen right on the same TV you might have at home.

“Blacknut’s mission is to bring to our customers unlimited hours of gaming fun in the simplest manner,” said Pascal Manchon, CTO at Blacknut. “Our unique cloud gaming solution allows to free games from dedicated consoles or hardware. Using AI and machine learning to transform the human body itself in a full-fledged game controller was challenging but Blacknut’s close collaboration with Interdigital and NVidia led to outstanding performances. And yes, it is addictive and fun to play this way!”

This collaboration has created a world-first. We are excited about how this video-based AI technology will be developed further in the future, although it is just one of the many R&D areas we are currently working on, in addition to new voice, adaptive and accessibility solutions. We hope all these developments will make the gamers’ experience even richer and more engaging - while also potentially unlocking new gaming creative opportunities. Stay tuned for more!

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About Blacknut - www.blacknut.com
Blacknut is the world's leading pure player cloud gaming service dedicated to the general public, distributed both direct to consumers and B2B through ISPs, device manufacturers, OTT services & Media companies. Blacknut offers the largest catalogue of +400 premium games carefully selected for the whole family, all included in a monthly subscription. The service is now available across Europe, Asia & North America on a wide range of devices, including PC, mobiles, set-top-boxes and Smart TVs. Blacknut was founded in 2016 by Olivier Avaro (CEO) and is headquartered in Rennes, France, with offices in Paris, Seoul and San Francisco.

About InterDigital®
InterDigital develops mobile and video technologies that are at the core of devices, networks, and services worldwide. We solve many of the industry’s most critical and complex technical challenges, inventing solutions for more efficient broadband networks, better video delivery, and richer multimedia experiences years ahead of market deployment. InterDigital has licenses and strategic relationships with many of the world’s leading technology companies. Founded in 1972, InterDigital is listed on NASDAQ and is included in the S&P MidCap 400® index.
InterDigital is a registered trademark of InterDigital, Inc.
For more information, visit: www.interdigital.com.

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