The retail giant debuted software tools on Monday called Amazon (amzn) Sumerian that are meant to help coders more easily build virtual reality and augmented reality apps using 3D computer graphics.
Amazon writes, "Amazon Sumerian solves these challenges by providing a web-based editor that developers can use to easily and quickly create professional-quality scenes, and a visual scripting tool to build the logic that controls how the objects and characters in the scenes behave and respond to actions".
Experiences built in Sumerian aren't confined to a single platform, the post said.
AI support lets developers create animated 3D characters that can guide users through a scene by narrating scripts or answering questions. Sumerian supports Apple'sARKit, which is an augmented reality platform for iOS devices.
The service comes with a library of prebuilt objects developers can use to populate their AR and VR apps, plus a number of scene templates to get the ball rolling.
And yes, the Amazon Web Services (AWS) application is free to use.
Content created using Amazon Sumerian are hosted in the AWS cloud and served from a publicly accessible endpoint through a URL, so that users can access them from any supported client devices.
Content built with Sumerian can be deployed to any browser supporting WebGL or WebVR graphics rendering. The library is fully integrated with Google's Tilt Brush and Blocks apps, letting you modify numerous objects to better fit your project. 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.
Amazon Web Services doesn't charge a fee for designing and editing AR and VR applications.
However, customers are afraid of the up-front investment and specialized tools needed to craft useful VR or AR apps.
AWS Sumerian is a new service that allows developers to build AR, VR, and 3D apps for a variety of platform such as the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive.
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