Amazon Sumerian is created to help anyone become an AR and VR app developer.
Amazon Sumerian is a purely online web-based development engine that features 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. Now in preview, Sumerian allows creation of VR and AR scenes that target platforms like the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Google Daydream, and it works with several other Amazon products. 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.
AI support lets developers create animated 3D characters that can guide users through a scene by narrating scripts or answering questions. At launch, Sumerian enables developers to put 3D models together in scenes for use in VR and AR applications.
The Just-Launched Amazon Sumerian Helps You Build VR, AR and 3D Apps Fast
Sumerian supports Apple's ARKit, which is an augmented reality platform for iOS devices. The Sumerian service includes an object library with 3D models along with assistance for importing assets from FBX and OBJ files. The hosts will be integrated with Amazon Polly and Lex to deliver natural language abilities, not unlike those present on the Alexa personal assistant.
"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.
"But, customers are daunted and overwhelmed by the up-front investment in specialized skills and tools required to even get started building a VR or AR application", he continues.