Easily Build VR/AR Applications With Amazon Sumerian

Above A screenshot shows Amazon Sumerian

Above A screenshot shows Amazon Sumerian

According to a recent report from TechCrunch, Amazon has announced a new service called Sumerian that the company touts as the "fastest and easiest way to create VR, AR and 3D experiences".

This news comes as one of the first announcements out of AWS re:Invent, the cloud provider's major conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

On top of this, developers get access to a set of "hosts" - 3D characters that they can customize to interact with an end user. "VR and AR apps created in Amazon Sumerian will run in any browser that supports WebGL or WebVR graphics rendering, including Daydream, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and iOS mobile devices".

Amazon has tried to keep Sumerian simple so that developers new to building the 3D experience do not face issues while creating the immersive content.

The Sumerian tools are integrated with Amazon Lex and Amazon Polly, which provide automatic speech recognition, natural-language processing, and text-to-speech capabilities. Amazon plans to make its tools compatible with Google's (goog) AR software tools for Android-powered devices soon, but it didn't say when. As such, Sumerian could help democratize AR and VR app creation for more professionals without a 3D graphics background, the post said.

Through Amazon Sumerian, developers will be able to build virtual environments for mobile devices, head-mounted displays, digital signage, and web browsers. It includes an object library full of models that people can put to use, as well as support for importing assets from FBX and OBJ files.

Naturally, you can drag and drop assets directly into the scene.

Object Library: a library of pre-built objects and templates.

"Customers across industries see the potential of VR and AR technologies for a wide range of uses - from educating and training employees to creating new customer experiences", said Marco Argenti, vice president of technology at AWS.

The editor allows users to import 3D objects into scenes and includes features such as scripting, animation, and integration with Amazon's cloud services.

Sumerian is free to use, but it's built on AWS; that means you need an existing AWS account and you'll be charged for services related to that platform if you use more than is allotted to a free account.

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