Simplifying AR Implementation Using Amazon Sumerian

Posted By : Anirudh Bhardwaj | 31-Mar-2020

Simplifying AR Implementation Using Amazon Sumerian

The immersive technologies like Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) have become increasingly popular with a wide range of applications. Several mainstream apps like Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook have introduced AR features to maximize their user engagement. With social media platforms becoming the AR hotspots, many brands in different industries are showing keen interest to adopt AR techniques. That being said, we have seen widespread adoption of Augmented Reality in gaming, shopping apps, location-based apps, and e-learning applications. Besides, several brands use AR techniques in online advertising to effectively promote their products and services. 


With the AR/VR technologies rapidly gaining traction, the demand for AR application development has significantly increased over the years. There are several AR application development tools that developers have at their disposal to build interactive AR apps. However, Amazon Sumerian has become a preferred tool for many developers because of its unique features and offerings. Let’s explore the key features of Amazon Sumerian and its benefits in AR application development.


What Is Amazon Sumerian?

Amazon Sumerian is a set of browser-based tools that enable developers to create and run high-quality AR, VR, and 3D applications with ease. It’s an intuitive toolkit that doesn’t require any programming knowledge or 3D graphics expertise, enabling any user to create and run 3D experiences. Using Amazon Sumerian, developers can build cross-platform AR/VR experiences that run seamlessly on the supported devices. Besides, they can swiftly create a short 3D sequence, test it on the browser and then publish on the website with minimal complications. Below are the key features of Amazon Sumerian that streamline and simplify the AR application development process.


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Sumerian 3D Engine

Amazon Sumerian provides a built-in 3D engine containing a library of scripting functions based on JavaScript. However, it doesn’t require a solid programming knowledge and users with a non-development background also create interactive AR experiences. Sumerian comes with a built-in state machine that makes it simple to animate objects and add effects in response to user inputs. 


Sumerian Editor

Sumerian offers an intuitive web-based editing tool to construct AR animations and create 3D sequences. Besides, it enables you to import assets, use scripting interactions, and add special effects to a given sequence with cross-platform publishing. 


Pluggable Templates

You get a wide array of ready-to-use templates with pre-configured scenes, custom 3D effects, and asset packs. For example, you can use the lighting template in Sumerian to create 3D scenes with pre-configured directional lights. Similarly, the product configurator template is effective at providing a finishing touch by adding custom textures and other effects. 


Asset Import

Amazon Sumerian enables you to import or upload 3D assets to use in a given sequence. It supports popular file formats including FBX and OBJ for asset importing.  


AWS Integration Support

With all this, you get integration support for a wide range of cloud solutions under the Amazon Web Services (AWS) umbrella. Sumerian provides built-in AWS SDK with JavaScript programming support for seamless integration with AWS services like AWS IoT, AWS Lambda, and Amazon DynamoDB. Integrating an application with AWS services make it easy to store and manage 3D assets securely on the cloud. You can also integrate with Amazon Lex or Amazon Polly to add speech and natural language processing capabilities to the application.


Browser-based Deployment

Sumerian provides easy deployment of AR applications across a variety of screens and browser-based platforms to reach the target audience. AR applications developed on Amazon Sumerian run seamlessly on Android and iOS-based mobile devices. At the same time, VR experiences developed using Amazon Sumerian are accessible across the popular VR headsets including Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, Lenovo Mirage, HTC Vibe, and Google Daydream.  


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Closing Remarks

Amazon Sumerian is an extremely useful tool for creating immersive AR/VR and 3D experiences with a variety of customizations. It is extensively used by developers to create interactive AR/VR applications with cross-platform compatibility. However, normal users can also use this tool to create simple 3D scenes and AR experiences without any specialized programming skills. Other similar alternatives to Amazon Sumerian are React VR, Vuforia, A-Frame, and Wikitude.


Why Choose Oodles Technologies For AR Application Development?

We are an AR VR app development company that specializes in building AR apps that deliver immersive user experiences across devices. Our development team is skilled at using the latest tools and technologies to create user-friendly AR applications with custom features. Our AR application development services enhance user engagement and interactivity with effective audience engagement strategies. We have successfully built several immersive AR applications using tools like React AR, Spark AR, Vuforia, and Amazon Sumerian.

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Anirudh Bhardwaj

Anirudh is a Content Strategist and Marketing Specialist who possess strong analytical skills and problem solving capabilities to tackle complex project tasks. Having considerable experience in the technology industry, he produces and proofreads insightful content on next-gen technologies like AI, blockchain, ERP, big data, IoT, and immersive AR/VR technologies. In addition to formulating content strategies for successful project execution, he has got ample experience in handling WordPress/PHP-based projects (delivering from scratch with UI/UX design, content, SEO, and quality assurance). Anirudh is proficient at using popular website tools like GTmetrix, Pagespeed Insights, ahrefs, GA3/GA4, Google Search Console, ChatGPT, Jira, Trello, Postman (API testing), and many more. Talking about the professional experience, he has worked on a range of projects including Wethio Blockchain, BlocEdu, NowCast, IT Savanna, Canine Concepts UK, and more.

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