Amazon's Sumerian Is A Web-Based Development Service For VR/AR Apps

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The public cloud computing giant took the wraps off its new Amazon Sumerian service, which provides a platform for developers to create realistic virtual environments that can be populated with animated characters and other 3D objects.

The company's Amazon Web Services unit announced Amazon Sumerian, a new service for building VR, AR, and 3D applications that can be viewed on mobile devices, head-mounted displays, digital signage, and web browsers.

Amazon Web Services doesn't charge a fee for designing and editing AR and VR applications. As such, Sumerian could help democratize AR and VR app creation for more professionals without a 3D graphics background, the post said. You can request access to the preview with your AWS account number, but be warned: access is invite-only.

AWS is aiming Sumerian at businesses across a range of industries for applications including training simulations, virtual concierge services, enhanced ecommerce experiences, and virtual real-estate tours. It's a browser-based tool for developing augmented reality and virtual reality experiences. Supported devices include Google's Daydream, HTC Vive, Facebook's Oculus Rift, and iOS mobile devices.

A library of pre-built objects and templates and the ability to upload your own 3D assets.

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The retail giant debuted software tools on Monday called Amazon (amzn) Sumerian that are meant to help coders more easily build virtual reality and augmented reality apps using 3D computer graphics.

Amazon Sumerian includes a web-based editor that allows anyone to drag and drop 3D objects (e.g. furniture, and buildings) and characters into "scenes" (e.g. rooms, office environments, and landscapes). Developers can also use the platform to create their own objects and scenes.

Sumerian also leverages mapping services from Mapbox Inc. 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. The preview for the new service, called Amazon Sumerian, starts today.

Access to Sumerian is via the AWS Management Console - there is no software to install or upfront costs as Sumerian uses Amazon's normal "pay for what you use" billing.

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