Any apps created in Amazon Sumerian will run in any browser that supports WebGL or WebVR graphics rendering, including Google Daydream, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and iOS mobile devices. Additionally, the post noted, support for ARCore on Android devices is forthcoming.
Programming a "host" in AWS Sumerian. Building scenes and applications in the tool is done through a point-and-click UI, adding a low-code flavor to the process.
AWS has launched a platform for developers to build AR, VR and 3D apps at speed.
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). Subscribers can embed their own objects, choose from a pre-loaded library, or use third-party offerings from repositories including Sketchfab and Turbosquid.
The move comes at a time when companies across a range of industries are showing huge interest in AR and VR technologies. In the past year, AR and VR has become popular for building more realistic training simulations, virtual concierge services and virtual home tours, among other uses. Today, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced a new piece of online software that creators can use for their VR and augmented reality (AR) projects called Amazon Sumerian. Developers can sign up for the preview or view sample scenes on the AWS product page.
"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.
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.
"We now bring Mapbox location services to Amazon Sumerian, enabling users to integrate 3D maps and surfaces into their AR and VR applications and bring location-based experiences to life", said Alex Barth, vice president of business development at Mapbox.