Amazon Sumerian

The fastest and easiest way to create VR, AR, and 3D experiences

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 HTC Vive Pro as well as Android and iOS mobile devices. 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.


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Sample Scene

Click to view a sample scene built by Sumerian. For best results, view with a WebGL compatible browser like Chrome or Firefox using the latest version. To view the scene with a head-mounted display, use a browser that supports WebVR.


No VR/AR expertise needed

Amazon Sumerian lets anyone create VR/AR applications. You don’t need specialized programming or 3D graphics expertise to get started. You can create, edit, and publish applications with a web browser using the Sumerian editor.

Lifelike characters

Sumerian allows you to easily create 3D characters, called Hosts, which narrate and guide users through your scenes. You can create lifelike, animated Hosts that speak a variety of languages and can converse with your users.

Design immersive environments

Sumerian makes it easy to design scenes that immerse your users in 3D, lifelike surroundings that are populated with 3D objects and animated characters. You can import 3D objects and select from preloaded scene templates. You can also script the logic that controls how the objects in your scenes behave.

Run on multiple platforms

Sumerian is platform-agnostic, so that once you’re done building your scene, you can easily run it on popular hardware including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and mobile devices. Sumerian is based on the WebGL JavaScript API for graphic rendering and WebVR JavaScript API for virtual reality devices. It also supports the ARKit framework for augmented reality on iOS devices as well as ARCore for Android devices.

Amazon Sumerian
Amazon Sumerian

How it works

Upload assets

Upload 3D assets to use in your scene. Sumerian supports importing FBX and OBJ format 3D asset files, with support for Unity projects coming soon.

How Amazon Sumerian works

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How Amazon Sumerian works

Create a Host

Create a digital character who will narrate your scene. You can choose its appearance and define its speech and behavior.

Amazon Sumerian Hosts editor

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Amazon Sumerian Hosts editor


Edit your scene. You can choose the background for your scene, add objects, and animate them. You can also script the logic that controls an object’s behavior using Sumerian's visual editor or JavaScript editor.

Amazon Sumerian state machines editor

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Amazon Sumerian state machines editor


Publish your scene. Your completed scene is stored in the cloud and has a unique URL which you can use to access it.

Amazon Sumerian scene

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Amazon Sumerian scene

Run on devices

Run your scene on a VR/AR or mobile device using a browser that has WebVR. Sumerian supports popular hardware such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, HTC Vive Pro and AR compatible mobile devices.


Use cases

Employee Education

Build scenes that let you on-board or train employees remotely. Employees can learn in a virtual classroom setting that is led by a Host, or walk through an environment that mimics their actual working environment. This can help employees retain information better while allowing you to train more employees at lower cost.

Training Simulations

Build scenes that train skilled employees by simulating real world scenarios. Employees can get hands-on training in specialized fields such as healthcare, aviation, law enforcement, or industrial machinery. For example, you can create a simulation to train surgeons to use a new kind of surgical equipment.

Field Service Productivity

Build scenes that improve the productivity of field and service workers in areas like repair, engineering, oil & gas, manufacturing, and more. For example, you can build an AR app that helps technicians troubleshoot and repair machinery. Looking through a mobile device screen, a user could see diagnostic metrics or animations of how to perform a repair on top of the machine.

Virtual Concierge

Build scenes with a Host that acts as a concierge to your end users for almost any industry. The concierge can greet users, answer common questions, and guide users through your company’s services and offerings. Users could see and engage with the concierge through a mobile device or kiosk on-site at your company, or they could interact with the concierge in a completely virtual portal using a head-mounted display.

Design and Creative

Build scenes that aid in the creation of new products or creative assets. Designers, creative professionals, and business professionals can use VR/AR to visualize and review mock-ups of a design as though it were real, helping to improve the efficiency of the product design cycle.

Retail and Sales

Build scenes that help you market and sell your product. For example, a retailer could create a mobile AR app that lets users see how furniture would look in their homes before buying. You could also create a scene that uses a Host as a virtual sales person who sells products and answers questions.

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