Amazon Web Services launches platform to build AR, VR and 3D apps

Amazon Web Services launches platform to build AR, VR and 3D apps

Amazon Web Services launches platform to build AR, VR and 3D apps

In its description of the "immersive VR, AR and 3D environments", Amazon says the Sumerian editing tool will enable developers to "drag and drop 3D objects (e.g. furniture ...) into "scenes" (e.g. rooms, office environments and landscapes)". It comes with its own object library that's full of models that developers can use.

The resulting applications can run on Oculus and HTC Vive devices as well as iOS devices with WebVR-compatible browsers.

The move taps into growing interest in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), which involve the use of 3D environments or elements overlaid upon the user's surroundings for applications such as training simulations, virtual concierge services, online shopping or virtual property tours. 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.

However, Unity Labs EVP Sylvio Drouin told Ars past year that the Unity Labs team has focused heavily on making its own way for creatives to build VR worlds without advanced technical knowledge. You can request access to the preview with your AWS account number, but be warned: access is invite-only.

Asset Import: Upload 3D assets to use in your scene.

Amazon writes, "Amazon Sumerian solves these challenges by providing a web-based editor that developers can use to easily and quickly create professional-quality scenes, and a visual scripting tool to build the logic that controls how the objects and characters in the scenes behave and respond to actions".

However, customers are afraid of the up-front investment and specialized tools needed to craft useful VR or AR apps.

Sumerian lets developers build applications without requiring any specialised programming or 3D graphics expertise, and can be accessed from a web browser.

The Amazon Sumerian also assists with mapping services from Mapbox.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has introduced a web-based tool for the creation of virtual or augmented reality experiences, building on the company's widely used web hosting infrastructure and artificial intelligence tools similar to those that power Amazon's popular Alexa products.

Amazon says that there is no cost associated with the software and that customers must only pay for the storage used for their 3D assets and the volume of traffic generated by the content they create.

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