Published: Вт, Ноября 28, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Amazon Launches Sumerian Tool For Building Immersive AR, VR And 3D Apps

Amazon Launches Sumerian Tool For Building Immersive AR, VR And 3D Apps

Amazon is jumping onto the augmented and virtual reality bandwagon with the launch of Sumerian, a new application that's supposed to make it easier for people to develop 3D experiences for a wide variety of platforms.

Such applications typically run on mobile devices, in web browsers or specialised headsets such as the Facebook-produced Oculus Rift.

Amazon launched the service during the AWS "Midnight Madness" pre-show event in Las Vegas. These environments can be populated with 3D objects and animated characters, and can run in any browser that supports WebGL or WebVR graphics rendering - including Google Daydream, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and iOS mobile devices.

Amazon Web Services doesn't charge a fee for designing and editing AR and VR applications. The suite includes a library of prebuilt objects and templates with pre-populated scenes; users can also download and import objects from third-party asset repositories such as Sketchfab or Turbosquid or create and import their own objects.

Naturally, you can drag and drop assets directly into the scene.

The editor allows users to import 3D objects into scenes and includes features such as scripting, animation, and integration with Amazon's cloud services.

Sumerian doesn't require any extensive 3D graphics expertise, and can be used by a broader group of professionals to create valuable experiences.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has introduced a web-based tool for the creation of virtual or augmented reality experiences, building on the company's widely used web hosting infrastructure and artificial intelligence tools similar to those that power Amazon's popular Alexa products. "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", said Marco Argenti, vice president of technology for AWS. "For instance, we integrated Mapbox's points of interest and global terrain maps with Amazon Sumerian so data is delivered and rendered in real-time". The visual scripting tools draw on AWS services such as Amazon Lex and Amazon Polly, which provide automatic speech recognition, natural language understanding and text-to-speech capabilities so these virtual characters can interact with human users.

Sumerian, which is now in limited preview, is meant to be free to AWS users, with users paying only for storage for 3D assets and traffic to access applications.

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