NVIDIA And Autodesk Bring Collaborative XR Experiences To The Cloud

XR technology is developing rapidly. Today, millions of people use AR and VR as they go about their daily lives. While many of the popular use cases for AR and VR are still in the gaming and entertainment space, other industries are finding more realistic use cases unique to their fields.

The development of augmented reality is expanding from hardware innovations to detailed experiences with advanced technologies and accessible systems. In October, technology giants NVIDIA and Autodesk announced the official launch of NVIDIA CloudXR and Autodesk VRED on Amazon Web Services (AWS), a cloud computing platform for users to run their choice of applications and software.

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The joint NVIDIA-Autodesk release is available as a “Quick Start” deployment program on AWS. Virtually, any user has access to using Autodesk VRED and the powerful infrastructure of NVIDIA CloudXR. Adopting a shared environment to manipulate and design high-fidelity XR experiences in the cloud accelerates the design workflow of industry professionals. In addition, it promotes more accessible virtual environments, accelerating the evolution of XR technology.

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Strengthening the Future of Accessibility of XR Technologies

The world’s first virtual reality (VR) machine was built in 1956 (and patented in 1961)—Sensorama was a movie theater that combined 3D, sound, and video with a vibrating chair for an immersive viewing experience.

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Inspired by Sensorama came the development of the world’s first VR headset in 1961. The Headsight headset is designed for military use, complete with motion tracking technology. In 1968, the world witnessed the creation of the first augmented reality headset. Conceived by Ivan Sutherland, a Harvard professor, Sword of Damocles laid out the blueprint for producing modern-day immersive AR experiences.

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The long and exciting evolution of the XR has not yet reached its turning point: accessibility for mainstream use. The general public has yet to have direct experience using augmented reality technology.

The World Economic Forum says user experience is critical to the general success of many technologies, including XR and the metaverse. Currently, the target population is more involved in 2D platforms, sharing and communicating content in 2D format. Web3 developers have yet to create a solution for users to share their deep knowledge with each other.

The Collaborative Value of Focused XR Experiences

NVIDIA and Autodesk’s joint decision to introduce their technology as an “Early Start” option on AWS is a step forward in bridging the gap between augmented reality technology and mainstream implementation. Users can now sign NVIDIA CloudXR and Autodesk VRED to create high-quality and immersive XR experiences, anytime, anywhere.


Autodesk VRED is a 3D visualization solution familiar to professionals in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries. VRED users design dynamic presentations and interactive environments with real-time 3D assets.

NVIDIA CloudXR is based on NVIDIA RTX technology, delivering seamless streaming of augmented reality experiences across multiple networks—in the cloud, from data centers, or mobile data networks.

Anyone can easily access this technology with AWS Quick Start. VRED users can enhance design and broadcast immersive XR experiences with the support of NVIDIA CloudXR with dedicated NVIDIA RTX graphics cards and virtual operating platforms.

Flexible Partnerships to Scale XR Across Industries

The collaboration effort between Autodesk and NVIDIA did not come out of the blue. In fact, NVIDIA has been putting together partnership agreements with various technology and automotive firms to unleash augmented reality in industrial operations.

For example, NVIDIA has partnered with automaker BMW to showcase a digital twin of the brand’s automotive integration system. This summer, NVIDIA and Autodesk teamed up with Lenovo and Varjo to bring the Porsche Mission R to life with an AR and MR demo.

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Germany-based infrastructure company Siemens has partnered with NVIDIA to leverage augmented reality and metaverse technologies for manufacturing and manufacturing industries. NVIDIA Omniverse enables digital twin design and industrial workflow simulation.

Autodesk has also partnered with game developer Epic Games to streamline workflows and tools for AEC designers. In fact, XR headset manufacturer Varjo has worked with Autodesk VRED to get AR/VR headset support and remote collaboration through its Reality Cloud platform.

A recent Autodesk University event welcomed industry experts to learn more about the CloudXR Quick Start option. The featured course was led by David Randle, GTM’s Global Head of Spatial Computing at AWS.


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