Today Amazon Web Services unveiled it’s own VR/AR app platform that is targeted towards developers looking to create apps that are focused on either augmented reality, virtual reality or 3D experiences. An interesting note to Sumerian is that it’ll support Apple’s ARKit.
As of now you can view the preview for free on Amazon’s AWS site, here. Sumerian will be providing tools for free to help those developers build applications without any previous knowledge. All users need to do is select a background and the objects that they like to add. Once the project is completed you’ll be able to store it in the cloud and have access to it almost anywhere. To be more specific, you’ll be able to a “scene” something like a room, landscape or environment and then move “objects” like buildings, furniture or 3D characters into the “scene” area.
Amazon says that this editor will allow developers to create “professional-quality scenes” and be able to control how these characters/objects move around within the screen.
At this moment, Sumerian apps will be able to work on headsets like Oculus Rift, Google Daydream, HTC Vive and other browsers that support either WebVR graphics or WebGL. In addition it’ll also support iOS devices like iPhone and iPad as well. You can learn more about Sumerian by going to the official website http://aws.amazon.com/sumerian.
Both Google and Apple are also aggressively pushing into this space. Just a few months ago with the release of iOS 11, Apple said that AR will be one of its future features that developed will be able to incorporate with for iPhone users with its ARKit. Apple even claims that it’ll be “the largest AR platform in the world.”
Google just recently made an announcement of its own with the release of ARCore. May say that Google copied Apple and released a similar platform just after Apple made an announcement of it. It’s still unknown how ARCore will function or perform for developers, but Amazon has big competition in the AR/VR space.
At the end of the day the real winner is the consumer as they’ll have more options to select from. In addition, competition always brings innovation and this is a space where the sky is literally the limit on what can happen in the area of augmented reality and virtual reality.