Augmented and Virtual reality have long been touted as the next big thing. Understandably, most of the tech companies are introducing new platforms that can take full benefit of the technology. And now, Amazon has announced a new app platform of its own aimed at third-party developers who are interested in building web-based virtual reality products. Named Sumerian, the platform is launching with built-in support for Apple’s ARKit ARKit framework in iOS 11.
If you are interested, you can go here to get a free preview of the platform. When the full version becomes available, it will allow third-party developers to create AR, VR or 3D apps using Amazon’s free tools that run entirely in a web browser. Moreover, you won’t need any knowledge or experience in 3D graphics.
At the moment, developers can use app templates available in the platform or upload their own 3D assets. Following this, they can create a digital character who will narrate the scene. After tweaking different features of an application, user can publish the scene and it will be stored in the cloud and will be easily accessible via a unique URL.
If you are wondering, the applications developed using Sumerian can be run on different mobile devices as well as web browsers which support WebGL or WebVR graphics rendering. Although ARKit is supported by the platform, the company revealed that support for Unity engine and ARCore framework will arrive in the future versions of Sumerian.