Announced on the eve of the company's Re:Invent AWS event, Amazon Sumerian is a new platform for developers to build and host VR, AR and 3D apps quickly and with minimal coding, for smartphones and tablets, head-based displays, digital signage and web browsers.
Amazon Sumerian, the post notes, "doesn't require you to have 3D graphics or programming experience to build rich, interactive VR and AR scenes", and "provides tools and resources that allows anyone to create and run augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and 3D applications easily". It lets you create, edit, and publish multi-platform 3D experiences for hardware like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and iOS devices right from your browser.
Amazon Sumerian uses a web-based editor that developers can use to create "professional-quality scenes", and a visual scripting tool to build the logic that controls how the objects and characters in the scenes interact and respond to actions.
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Sumerian enables developers to combine 3D models together in scenes that will be used in virtual reality and augmented reality applications at launch.
This new Amazon service comes at a good time as developers now are more interested in building apps that support virtual reality and augmented reality, and the platform owners want to expand the potential of the device.