At this weeks's re:Invent conference, Amazon announced a new service for developers looking to create AR, VR and 3D apps. 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's editor lets developers drag and drop 3D characters and objects (like furniture or buildings) into "scenes" (e.g. rooms, office environments, and landscapes). Amazon's Sumerian tool is available in limited preview started today. That includes mobile devices, web browsers and head-mounted displays such as Facebook Inc.'s Oculus Rift. As such, Sumerian could help democratize AR and VR app creation for more professionals without a 3D graphics background, the post said.
Amazon Web Services doesn't charge a fee for designing and editing AR and VR applications.
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Using Sumerian, developers will have the ability to design immersive environments using libraries of pre-built objects; the ability to create animated characters (using its Lex speech recognition and Polly for natural language understanding); as well as shipping the apps to various hardware devices. Storage pricing for Sumerian 3D assets is 6 cents per gigabyte monthly, and the fees for the total volume of traffic generated by each scene is 38 cents per GB per month.
"With Amazon Sumerian, it is now possible for any developer to create a realistic, interactive VR or AR application in a few hours", Argenti said.
However, customers are afraid of the up-front investment and specialized tools needed to craft useful VR or AR apps.
Sumerian is free to use, but it's built on AWS; that means you need an existing AWS account and you'll be charged for services related to that platform if you use more than is allotted to a free account.