AWS has announced the general availability of its realistic virtualization platform –Amazon Sumerian.
Announced at the re:Invent conference in November last year, Sumerian is a managed service that enables graphic designers and developers to easily build and host Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and 3D applications, with optimized coding.
Amazon Sumerian comes with a set of products including integrated development environment (IDE), editor asset library, APIs and virtual characters which make it easier to design, develop and deploy the applications.
The apps created in Sumerian will run in all the browsers that support WebGL or WebVR graphics rendering, like Daydream, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and iOS mobile devices.
Sumerian includes a library of pre-built objects from AWS including Amazon Lex, Amazon Polly, AWS Lambda, AWS IoT, and Amazon DynamoDB. This library allows developers to drag and drop 3D objects into scenes to create realistic virtual environments.
Furthermore, developers can create animated 3D characters called Hosts, and script these characters how they interact with each other. The appearance, speech and behavior of Hosts can be defined by the developers.
They can also create and import their own objects, or download and import objects from third-party repositories like Turbosquid or Sketchfab.
Amazon Lex and Amazon Polly in Sumerian enable developers with AI capabilities such as automatic speech recognition (ASR), natural language understanding (NLU), and text-to-speech capabilities. These capabilities let the Sumerian characters understand and respond to users in realistic conversations.
The new platform is aimed at addressing the complexities developers faced while creating realistic virtual environments. They needed specialized skills and use of multiple tools like 3D modelling, lighting effects, audio editing, etc. for it. Also, they had to implement unique specifications and deployment processes for each major hardware providers once the AR or VR application was ready.
Amazon Sumerian is now generally available in Northern Virginia, Ohio, Oregon, Ireland, London, and Sydney.