October 5, 2020 – NVIDIA has today announced today that its CloudXR platform will be available on Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) EC2 P3 and G4 instances, which support NVIDIA V100 and T4 GPUs, allowing cloud users to stream high-quality immersive experiences to remote virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices.
NVIDIA’s CloudXR platform includes the NVIDIA CloudXR software development kit (SDK), NVIDIA Virtual Workstation software and NVIDIA AI SDKs to deliver photorealistic graphics, with the mobile convenience of all-in-one XR headsets (XR being the collective term for VR, AR and mixed reality).
NVIDIA states that with the ability to stream from the cloud, professionals can now set up, scale and access immersive experiences from anywhere, without the need to be tethered to expensive workstations or external VR tracking systems.
With the company’s CloudXR platform, early access customers and partners are able to enhance immersive experiences by combining photorealistic graphics with the mobility of wireless head-mounted displays, according to NVIDIA.
One such company is Lucid Motors, which recently announced the new Lucid Air electric vehicle (pictured above). Lucid Motors is developing a virtual design showroom using the CloudXR platform. By streaming the experience from AWS, shoppers can enter the virtual environment and see the advanced features of Lucid Air.
“NVIDIA CloudXR allows people all over the world to experience an incredibly immersive, personalized design with the new Lucid Air,“ said Thomas Orenz, Director of Digital Interactive Marketing at Lucid Motors. “By using the AWS cloud, we can save on infrastructure costs by removing the need for onsite servers, while also dynamically scaling the VR configuration experiences for our customers.”
NVIDIA added that another early adopter of CloudXR on AWS is The Gettys Group, a hospitality design, branding and development company based in Chicago. Gettys frequently partners with visualization company Theia Interactive to turn the design process into interactive Unreal Engine VR experiences. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Gettys and Theia used NVIDIA CloudXR to deliver customer projects to a local Oculus Quest HMD, streaming from the AWS EC2 P3 instance with NVIDIA Virtual Workstations.
“This is a game changer — by streaming collaborative experiences from AWS, we can digitally bring project stakeholders together on short notice for quick VR design alignment meetings,” said Ron Swidler, Chief Innovation Officer at The Gettys Group. “This is going to save a ton of time and money, but more importantly it’s going to increase client engagement, understanding and satisfaction.”
CloudXR is built on NVIDIA RTX GPUs to allow streaming of immersive AR, VR or mixed reality experiences from anywhere.
The platform includes:
- NVIDIA CloudXR SDK, which provides support for all OpenVR apps and includes broad client support for phones, tablets and HMDs;
- NVIDIA Virtual Workstations to deliver immersive, high quality graphics at faster frame rates. It’s available from cloud providers such as AWS, or can be deployed from an enterprise data center;
- NVIDIA AI SDKs to accelerate performance and enhance immersive presence.
NVIDIA CloudXR on AWS will be generally available early next year, with a private beta available in the coming months, according to NVIDIA. For more information on NVIDIA’s CloudXR platform, please visit the company’s website.
Image credit: NVIDIA
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