Amazon Sumerian makes it possible for anyone to create virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and 3D applications for a variety of scenarios or use cases. You can build these applications, or scenes, from your browser with Sumerian’s WebGL and WebVR based editor, which requires no prior VR and AR experience or 3D graphics expertise. Design your scene, import 3D objects to place in scenes, and script the logic that controls how your objects behave. With Sumerian Hosts, you can also add animated, 3D characters that can speak and recognize speech. This enriches your scenes by giving you characters which can talk with your users or narrate your scenes. Getting started with Sumerian is simple and requires no installation or specialized hardware. Simply log in to the AWS Management Console from your browser.

Sumerian Editor

Sumerian has a simple-to-use editor based on WebGL and WebVR so you can easily author scenes from a browser. You can import 3D objects, select the surroundings for your scene, add characters, and script the logic that controls your scene. Sumerian’s text editor lets you script the logic behind your scene so you can decide how objects behave or how your scene is narrated.

Amazon Sumerian editor

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Amazon Sumerian editor

Sumerian Hosts

Sumerian Hosts makes it easy to create and add animated 3D characters called Hosts. Hosts can guide your users through a scene by narrating scripts or answering questions. You can customize the Host’s characteristics such as gender, voice, and language. Using Sumerian’s integration with Amazon Lex and Amazon Polly, you can enable engaging spoken interactions between Hosts and your users. Polly lets you input text which your Host can speak in lifelike voices cross a variety of languages. Using Lex’s automatic speech recognition and natural language understanding capabilities, you can build a conversational interface for your Host that allows it to understand and respond to users’ speech. For example, you could build a trainer Host that onboards and trains new employees. When employees ask the Host questions, the Host could respond with an answer or a question requesting more information about the inquiry.

Introducing Amazon Sumerian Hosts

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Asset Management

You can import and place 3D objects in your scenes such as furniture, natural objects, buildings, surroundings (e.g. stadium, classroom), and more. Sumerian also comes with templates with pre-populated scenes. Sumerian supports importing FBX and OBJ, with support for Unity projects coming soon. You can choose from Sumerian’s library of pre-built objects, download and import objects from third-party 3D asset repositories such as Sketchfab or TurboSquid, or create and import your own objects.

Amazon Sumerian asset management

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Amazon Sumerian asset management

Script the Logic in Your Scenes

Sumerian lets you build dynamic scenes that respond to user interactions. Using Sumerian’s visual workflow or JavaScript editors, you can script the logic that controls how objects behave or respond to actions. For example, you can start by building a simple behavior that makes a flag billow or a Host perform a gesture. You can also build a trigger that turns on a light bulb whenever a user toggles a switch. You could even build a trigger that calls a web API to retrieve external data for your scene, such as social media photos that are shown within the scene.

Amazon Sumerian state machine

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You can define the behavior of objects in scenes and how they react to user interactions. For example, you can make a drone fly up in response to user input.

Amazon Sumerian state machine
Amazon Sumerian text editor

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You can build logic using Sumerian’s JavaScript editor. You can script anything in your scene, from camera controls to animations and lighting.

Amazon Sumerian text editor

Multi-platform Compatibility

You can build VR/AR applications for platforms such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and mobile devices (ARKit). Support for ARCore is coming soon. Your Sumerian scenes will run in browsers that support WebGL or WebVR. Sumerian hosts your completed scenes in the cloud and serves them from a publicly accessible endpoint, enabling your users to access them from anywhere.

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