Amazon launches cloud-based 3D editor

AWS announces new development platform for VR, AR, and 3D apps

At this weeks's re:Invent conference, Amazon announced a new service for developers looking to create AR, VR and 3D apps.

The announcement blog post highlights the biggest benefit of this service: The fact that it's so readily available: You can check out the preview version of the service now on any browser that supports WebGL or WebVR graphics rendering.

Amazon writes, "With Amazon Sumerian's editor, developers can build realistic virtual environments, populate them with 3D objects and animated characters, and script how they interact with each other and the application's users".

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).

And yes, the Amazon Web Services (AWS) application is free to use.




Amazon wants a part of the nascent markets for virtual and augmented reality.

Sumerian is designed to be straightforward enough for developers who are new to building 3D experiences, while retaining the power needed to create engaging content. Amazon said Sumerian is ideal for creating things like on-boarding or training courses for remote employees, scenes that help market or sell a product, or scenes with a virtual concierge that can greet users and answer common questions. Amazon Sumerian is integrated with Amazon Lex and Amazon Polly, which provide automatic speech recognition (ASR), natural language understanding (NLU), and text-to-speech capabilities. Supported devices include Google's Daydream, HTC Vive, Facebook's Oculus Rift, and iOS mobile devices. Developers can also use the platform to create their own objects and scenes.

It's created to eliminate the need for specialized tools for tasks like 3D modeling, environmental design, animation, lighting effects, and audio editing, as well as the additional step of adapting AR and VR applications for different hardware platforms.

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", said Marco Argenti, VP of technology at Amazon Web Services. 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.

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