Amazon Sumerian Aims to Make VR, AR App Creation a Breeze

Bill Rogers
Ноября 28, 2017

Amazon's highly anticipated mixed-reality building service has officially been announced: Amazon Sumerian will allow enterprising entrepreneurs everywhere the ability to quickly build and host VR, AR or 3D apps online. It leverages AWS services such as Amazon Lex, Amazon Polly, AWS Lambda, AWS IoT, and Amazon DynamoDB.

The software can also handle animation as well, so that developers are able to create 3D characters that can guide users through a scene by narrating scripts or answering questions.

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.

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The browser-based tool is available in limited preview today. That engine is widely used among AR and VR developers, and providing a bridge between Unity and Sumerian could help attract developers. Hardware including the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and iOS devices support the content created with Sumerian. Subscribers can embed their own objects, choose from a pre-loaded library, or use third-party offerings from repositories including Sketchfab and Turbosquid. 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. 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. If you find what you're looking for, you can view it in 3D and download it to use in your app.

"With Amazon Sumerian, it is now possible for any developer to create a realistic, interactive VR or AR application in a few hours", Argenti said.

The retail giant debuted software tools on Monday called Amazon (amzn) Sumerian that are meant to help coders more easily build virtual reality and augmented reality apps using 3D computer graphics. It includes a web-based editor for constructing 3D scenes, a library of pre-built objects and templates, a selection of customizable 3D characters that can serve as narrators for your scene, an asset import tool that lets you upload your own 3D components, and more. "For instance, we integrated Mapbox's points of interest and global terrain maps with Amazon Sumerian so data is delivered and rendered in real-time".

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