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For those pivoting to video, or others who are just getting started, Amazon Web Services released five new video tools built by AWS Elemental that make it easier to use cloud computing as the engine for video distribution.

This news comes as one of the first announcements out of AWS re:Invent, the cloud provider's major conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sumerian will run in any browser that supports WebGL or WebVR graphics rendering including Daydream, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and iOS mobile devices.

Amazon has tried to keep Sumerian simple so that developers new to building the 3D experience do not face issues while creating the immersive content.

AWS Sumerian is officially available in preview.

A library of pre-built objects and templates and the ability to upload your own 3D assets.

Amazon Web Services doesn't charge a fee for designing and editing AR and VR applications. Developers can also use the platform to create their own objects and scenes.

In their scene, the post said, developers can add-in a 3D character and customize them for gender, voice, and language. The app developer does not need advance coding skills to use Sumerian as the service includes the drag and drop interface along with a visual scripting tool to design the logic that would determine the behavior and response of objects and characters in the scene, notes Road To VR. The library is fully integrated with Google's Tilt Brush and Blocks apps, letting you modify numerous objects to better fit your project.

Amazon writes, "With Amazon Sumerian's editor, developers can build realistic virtual environments, populate them with 3D objects and animated characters, and script how they interact with each other and the application's users".

"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.

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.

The Amazon Sumerian also assists with mapping services from Mapbox.


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