Amazon Web Services (AWS) has unveiled Amazon Sumerian, a service designed for developers to build virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D applications.
The apps can run on mobile devices, head-mounted displays, digital signage, or any web browser that supports WebGL or WebVR graphics rendering – including Daydream, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and iOS mobile devices.
“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. But, customers are daunted and overwhelmed by the up-front investment in specialized skills and tools required to even get started building a VR or AR application,” said Marco Argenti, vice president, technology, AWS.
“With Amazon Sumerian, it is now possible for any developer to create a realistic, interactive VR or AR application in a few hours.”
Amazon said that Sumerian revolves around a web-based editor that is designed to be simple and does not require specialised skills – such as knowledge of 3D modeling, environmental design, animation, lighting effects or audio editing.
Amazon announced Sumerian at its AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, where it also a suite of five AWS Elemental Media Services.