Amazon Sumerian

VR Application Profile
Name of VR Application Amazon Sumerian
Category Training
Date of processing:                                                               10/10/2019
Technical Framework & Key Data Software-Provider: Amazon

Software-Developer: Amazon

Version of app: N/A

 

Compatible VR hardware systems:

☒  Google Cardboard          ☒  Oculus Rift

☒  Google Daydream View   ☒  Oculus Quest

☒  Lenovo Mirage Solo         ☒  Samsung Gear VR

☒  Lenovo Explorer             ☒  Samsung Odyssey

☒  HTC Vive Pro                  ☐  PlayStation VR

☒  HTC Vive                        ☐  Dell Visor

☐  Acer AH 101                   ☐  Other:……………………………….

☒  Oculus Go

 

As Sumerian is a developer platform, the apps created are compatible with most VR hardware systems.

 

Compatible operating systems

☐  iOS           Version:……………………………

☐  Android    Version:……………………………

☒Other: Windows Version: 7 or higher recommended

 

Languages available

☒  English                      ☐  Italian

☐  Spanish

☐  German

Learning Content No learning content per se. Tutorials are provided on how to use Sumerian for its various different applications.

 

Essentially, Sumerian is a service that lets you create and run 3D, AR and VR applications. You can build immersive and interactive scenes that run on AR and VR, mobile devices, and web browsers.

Learning Outcomes Knowledge
The adult learners will be able to:

·       Identify basic concepts behind the creation of 3d ‘scenes’ and VR apps

·       Operate WebGL 2 and WebVR programming utilities

 

Skills
The adult learners will be able to:

·       Create their own 3D, VR and AR scenes and populate these with their own content include 3D ‘hosts’

·       Undertake some basic programming

 

Competences
The adult learners will be able to:

·       Create easy to use VR interfaces

·       Upload own content to the Amazon Sumerian platform

·       Amend and update existing ‘scenes’ on the Amazon Sumerian platform, when needed

 

Activities provided Tutorials are provided in respect of the creation or 3D web content, AR and VR application.
Added value
for low-skilled/-qualified adults
Benefit to low-skilled/qualified adults may be minimal. While the platform is relatively easy to use, some degree of proficiency in utilizing IT/VR equipment is required. This platform is much better suited to being used by a tutor in the creation of content for use in a learning environment rather than being used by the end learner.
SWOT analysis  

·       User-friendliness                  1 ☐    2 ☐   3 ■     4☐
·       Pedagogic orientation
and standards                      1 ☐    2 ■     3 ☐    4☐
·       Applicability level                1 ☐    2 ■     3 ☐    4☐
·       Gamification level               1 ■     2 ☐   3 ☐    4☐

 

*1…very poor/low; 2…poor/low; 3…OK/medium; 4…good/high; 5…very good/high

 

 

STRENGTHS WEAKNESSES
·       Very useful resource for creation of VR content

·       Free for up to 12 months (Free Tier)

·       Fully supported by Amazon

·       Not particularly suitable for the end learner

·       Ultimately this is a paid service

·       Free Tier only allows 50mb storage

OPPORTUNITIES THREATS
·       Wide range of applications in an educational setting

·       Easy to use so potential for involving learners in the process

·       Services could become unsupported in the future

·       Subscriptions prices may be subject to change over time

Ideal application/utilization  

Context of ideal application

-          Used in teaching of the creation of own VR content

 

  Instructions for preparation

 -          Amazon AWS account must be created

-          A credit card or payment option must be chosen (even for free tier)

-          Access to internet and desktop/laptop

 

 Instructions for tutoring

 -          As much of the content creation can be taught through the use of tool tips or tutorials there is limited requirement for tutoring

-          Any tutor should be well versed in the use of Sumerian and should have a good understanding of the tools used for content creation

 

 Do’s and don’ts

 -          Sumerian would not be recommended for use with learners but instead should be used for content creation by the tutor organisation(s) or the tutor themselves.