Amazon tool lets anyone create AR, VR experience

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One group of developers does get a leg up, however, as anyone familiar with the AWS video game developing platform Lumberyard will be able to notice similarities in feature sets, according to an Amazon FAQ page reported on by the Register. That includes mobile devices, web browsers and head-mounted displays such as Facebook Inc.'s Oculus Rift. In any case, users of the toolkit can create animated characters that interact with the player or customer verbally.

Amazon launched the service during the AWS "Midnight Madness" pre-show event in Las Vegas.

The resulting applications can run on Oculus and HTC Vive devices as well as iOS devices with WebVR-compatible browsers.

In the enterprise, AR and VR are poised to make a big impact.

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 Web Services (AWS) has introduced a web-based tool for the creation of virtual or augmented reality experiences, building on the company's widely used web hosting infrastructure and artificial intelligence tools similar to those that power Amazon's popular Alexa products.

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But AR and VR experiences are still few and far between, not least because most developers lack the special skills needed to incorporate it into their applications.

As more developers look to support AR and VR, and platform owners continue to expand what devices can do, Sumerian could help make Amazon Web Services a key home for developing the applications of the future.

Asset Import: Upload 3D assets to use in your scene. Amazon has its own template of pre-populated scenes, but developers can also use their own objects or those from third-party repositories.

"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, Vice President, Technology, AWS, in a statement.

Additionally, if an app needs a map embedded, Amazon Sumerian supports location platform Mapbox. 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. Users incur costs only for cloud storage of their 3D assets and traffic generated by the scenes they create.

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