Amazon Debuts Sumerian To Help Developers Make VR, AR, 3D Apps

28 November, 2017, 01:22 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Amazon Sumerian lets you build VR scenes with ease

Announced on the eve of the company's Re:Invent AWS event, Amazon Sumerian is a new platform for developers to build and host VR, AR and 3D apps quickly and with minimal coding, for smartphones and tablets, head-based displays, digital signage and web browsers.

Amazon said Sumerian is available in preview starting today, accessible via its AWS Management Console. Amazon Sumerian would help developers synchronize the application in the popular VR and AR hardware, create animated characters and design the interactive AR and VR environments.

Amazon Sumerian includes a web-based editor that allows anyone to drag and drop 3D objects (e.g. furniture, and buildings) and characters into "scenes" (e.g. rooms, office environments, and landscapes).

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Sumerian is designed to be straightforward enough for developers who are new to building 3D experiences, while retaining the power needed to create engaging content. "Amazon Sumerian also makes it easy to build scenes where rich, natural interactions between objects, characters, and users occur through the use of AWS services such as Amazon Lex, Amazon Polly, AWS Lambda, AWS IoT, and Amazon DynamoDB". Sumerian includes an object library of pre-built assets and templates, but users can also upload their own 3D assets to use as well.

Amazon Web Services doesn't charge a fee for designing and editing AR and VR applications. It comes with its own object library that's full of models that developers can use. That said, it is built on the WebGL JavaScript and WebVR JavaScript APIs, and it offers a JavaScript editor and scripting library. Storage pricing for Sumerian 3D assets is 6 cents per gigabyte monthly, and the fees for the total volume of traffic generated by each scene is 38 cents per GB per month.

"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.

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Built on Amazon Web Services, the toolkit is meant to help with building experiences like "training simulations, virtual concierge services, enhanced online shopping experiences, [and] virtual house or land tours".

Additionally, if an app needs a map embedded, Amazon Sumerian supports location platform Mapbox.

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