Amazon Sumerian lets you create and run virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and 3D applications quickly and easily without requiring any specialized programming or 3D graphics expertise.
With Sumerian, you can build highly immersive and interactive scenes that run on popular hardware such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and iOS mobile devices (support for Android ARCore coming soon). For example, you can build a virtual classroom that lets you train new employees around the world, or you can build a virtual environment that enables people to tour a building remotely.
Sumerian makes it easy to create all the building blocks needed to build highly immersive and interactive 3D experiences including adding objects (e.g. characters, furniture, and landscape), and designing, animating, and scripting environments. Sumerian does not require specialized expertise and you can design scenes directly from your browser.
Creating exciting and immersive 3D presentations just got a lot easier. With the recently announced Sumerian project from Amazon you can author 3D scenes from your browser, even with no prior 3D programming experience.
Amazon Sumerian: a free, flexible, platform-agnostic 3D editor
Another key feature is the ability to add a Host to your scenes. The Amazon Hosts are a collection of avatars who use realistic voices, lip-sync and programmable gestures to deliver a script and interact with objects in a scene. The Host's appearance and gestures can be customised to taste, and they use the voice recognition and natural language processing capacities of Amazon Lex to interact with users, responding to prompts and questions.
Uses for Amazon Sumerian scenes
The business and educational possibilities of 3D scenes are limitless. If you need some inspiration, you could try:
Training: Create immersive tutorials for staff training, with a Host who can lead employees through lessons in a 'classroom' setting, or even on a site walkthrough of their actual work environment.
Communicating with customers: Use an Amazon Host as a virtual concierge, greeting guests, delivering information and answering queries online or on-site.
Showcasing products: Place models of products in a simulated home or business environment, with a Host available to answer any questions. Or, create an AR app allowing customers to 'try on' products in their own home before purchasing.
How Sumerian works
Getting started with Sumerian is simple, and there are four steps to creating your first scene.
- Upload assets: You can create and upload your own 3D objects, acquire assets from a 3rd party repository or choose from Sumerian's inbuilt object library. Currently, Sumerian accepts FBX and OBJ formats, with Unity support promised in the near future.
- Add a Host: Select a Host and edit their appearance, voice and language attributes, then add a script and some custom logic to bring your Host to life.
- Publish your scene: Hit 'publish' and your scene is available to view at a unique URL.
The Sumerian editor is free to use, but published scenes will incur the usual AWS storage and transfer charges. So, for example, a 2GB scene accessed 100 times per month will cost less than £10 a year to host.
The Sumerian preview is live now, and you can visit AWS online to view example scenes and tutorials or request a preview invitation.