Amazon launches web-based tool for developing VR and AR experiences

Amazon launches web-based tool for developing VR and AR experiences

Amazon launches web-based tool for developing VR and AR experiences

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. "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".

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 announcement blog post highlights the biggest benefit of this service: The fact that it's so readily available: You can check out the preview version of the service now on any browser that supports WebGL or WebVR graphics rendering. That engine is widely used among AR and VR developers, and providing a bridge between Unity and Sumerian could help attract developers.

Once users have built an experience in Sumerian, it can run on hardware such as the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and iPhone.

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Amazon Web Services doesn't charge a fee for designing and editing AR and VR applications. Amazon has its own template of pre-populated scenes, but developers can also use their own objects or those from third-party repositories. The Sumerian service includes an object library with 3D models along with assistance for importing assets from FBX and OBJ files.

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

Sumerian lets developers build applications without requiring any specialised programming or 3D graphics expertise, and can be accessed from a web browser. The app developer does not need advance coding skills to use Sumerian as the service includes the drag and drop interface along with a visual scripting tool to design the logic that would determine the behavior and response of objects and characters in the scene, notes Road To VR. "With Amazon Sumerian, it is now possible for any developer to create a realistic, interactive VR or AR application in a few hours". "But, customers are daunted and overwhelmed by the up-front investment in specialised skills and tools required to even get started building a VR or AR application", said Marco Argenti, VP of technology at Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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

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