Amazon introduces new solution for building AR, VR and 3D applications

Above A screenshot shows Amazon Sumerian

However, Unity Labs EVP Sylvio Drouin told Ars a year ago that the Unity Labs team has focused heavily on making its own way for creatives to build VR worlds without advanced technical knowledge.

Users simply log into the AWS Management Console to begin building VR and AR apps using a drag and drop system. That engine is widely used among AR and VR developers, and providing a bridge between Unity and Sumerian could help attract developers.

Other features include: ability to design immersive VR, AR and 3D environments; ability to create animated characters powered by AWS AI services; and the ability to deploy apps to popular VR and AR hardware. You can request access to the preview with your AWS account number, but be warned: access is invite-only.

Sumerian's interface resembles conventional photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop.

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.

Such applications typically run on mobile devices, in web browsers or specialised headsets such as the Facebook-produced Oculus Rift. Developers can choose from Amazon Sumerian's library of pre-built objects, download and import objects from third-party asset stores such as Sketchfab or Turbosquid, or create and import their own objects. Developers can also use the platform to create their own objects and scenes.




Amazon is also offering the integration of Sumerian with the artificial intelligence infrastructures, Amazon Lex and Amazon Polly, for automatic speech recognition, language understanding and text-to-speech capability applications.

"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".

Sumerian could be a step toward further popularising AR and VR applications, which now require specialised tools and skills to develop and deploy across different devices.

Amazon Sumerian will let any developer create "a realistic, interactive VR or AP application" in just a few hours, according to Marco Argenti, VP of technology at AWS. As more developers look to support AR and VR, and platform owners continue to expand what devices can do, Sumerian could help make AWS a key home for developing the applications of the future.

On Monday, Amazon launched the service, Amazon Sumerian, to ease the development of augmented reality and virtual reality apps for different platforms.

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