Amazon Sumerian lets you build VR/AR spaces in a browser—with an AI guide

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Amazon has announced a browser-based toolkit called Sumerian that the company hopes will make virtual reality and augmented reality development accessible to people without advanced coding or 3D rendering skills. Currently in preview, Sumerian allows the creation of VR and AR scenes that target platforms like the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Google Daydream, and it works with several other Amazon products.

Built on Amazon Web Services, the toolkit is intended to help with building experiences like "training simulations, virtual concierge services, enhanced online shopping experiences, [and] virtual house or land tours." Of course, it can be used to make games, too. In any case, users of the toolkit can create animated characters that interact with the player or customer verbally. That's thanks to Amazon's existing speech recognition and natural language-processing tech—Lex and Polly, respectively.

These images from Amazon's blog post announcing the toolkit show some of the basics:

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