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Amazon Web Services launches platform to build AR, VR and 3D apps

Amazon Web Services launches platform to build AR, VR and 3D apps

Amazon Sumerian is created to help anyone become an AR and VR app developer.

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. According to Amazon, the VR and AR apps created in Amazon Sumerian will run in any browser that supports WebGL or WebVR graphics rendering. Sumerian also takes a note from Unreal's Blueprints interface, allowing creators with no coding experience to use a visual scripting tool to put together all the logic needed to make the world interactive.

It features a user friendly editor, which can be used to drag and drop 3D objects and characters into scenes. In any case, users of the toolkit can create animated characters that interact with the player or customer verbally. The Sumerian service includes an object library with 3D models along with assistance for importing assets from FBX and OBJ files.

This news comes as one of the first announcements out of AWS re:Invent, the cloud provider's major conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Immersive technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality could soon become much more commonplace thanks to the launch early Monday morning of a new development platform by Amazon Web Services Inc.

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.

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Sumerian supports Apple's ARKit, which is an augmented reality platform for iOS devices.

Object Library: a library of pre-built objects and templates. You can request access to the preview with your AWS account number, but be warned: access is invite-only.

Asset Import: Upload 3D assets to use in your scene.

"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".

Given previous requirements to launch AR or VR apps, businesses have been "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 Argenti.


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