Amazon Web Services (AWS) has revealed the benefits of Amazon Sumerian that enables developers to build Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and 3D applications, and run them on mobile devices, head-mounted displays, digital signage, or web browsers.
Developers can use Amazon Sumerian’s editor to build realistic virtual environments, populate them with 3D objects and animated characters, and script how they interact with each other and the application’s users.
AWS at AWS re:Invent said 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.
Getting started with Amazon Sumerian is as simple as logging into the AWS Management Console.
There is no software to install or upfront costs—customers pay only for the storage used for 3D assets and the volume of traffic generated to access the virtual scenes they create.
Creating realistic virtual scenes required specialized skills and the use of multiple different tools for disciplines such as 3D modeling, environmental design, animation, lighting effects, audio editing, and more. Developers must learn and implement unique specifications and deployment processes for each of the major hardware providers.
Amazon Sumerian provides a web-based editor to developers to 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.
Amazon Sumerian 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.
“With Amazon Sumerian, it is now possible for any developer to create a realistic, interactive VR or AR application in a few hours,” said Marco Argenti, vice president, Technology, AWS.
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“We now bring Mapbox location services to Amazon Sumerian, enabling users to integrate 3D maps and surfaces into their AR and VR applications and bring location-based experiences to life,” said Alex Barth, VP of Business Development, Mapbox.
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“My experience with Amazon Sumerian makes developing WebVR and Web3D much easier,” said Jonathan Agoot, Technology Strategist, Global eBusiness Innovation Center of Excellence, Thermo Fisher Scientific. “I can easily import my 3D models, textures, and animation so I focus on developing a scene and not have to worry about code.”