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Experience the First Bible VR APP with the Ark of Noah filmed with Cutting Edge Nokia OZO VR Technology Camera
Using the OZO VR camera from Nokia, a new app, the Bible VR app was created by film director Pearry Teo and Seven Interactive offers a 360-degree view of the Netherlands full-size replica of the Ark of Noah.
The Ark of Noah, built by carpenter Johan Huibers, is a full-size replica of the biblical Ark. Currently docked in the Netherlands, the Ark has served as a destination for hundreds of thousands of visitors since its completion in 2013.
The Ark of Noah VR project, made possible by a partnership with Nokia, boosts VR adoption in the faith-based industry. The Ark of Noah VR app is part of the Bible VR app collection that allows users to directly experience the Gospels through rich virtual reality.
With five decks, the Ark of Noah is constructed of Swedish pine wood. At 95 feet wide and 75 feet tall, the Ark is longer than a football field and can hold more than 5,000 people at one time. As a director experienced with traditional and VR video technology, Mr. Teo used the Nokia OZO camera to explore the inner decks, sights, and stalls of the Ark of Noah.
The Nokia OZO is a state-of-the-art virtual reality camera designed to capture 360 degree spherical video and surround-sound. Using the world’s first all-in-one professional VR camera, the Bible VR team shot footage on location in the Netherlands and processed the output in their Los Angeles studios.
In addition to giving viewers an opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of the Ark of Noah through the VR app, the project hopes to raise funds for the non–profit Ark of Noah Foundation. Future plans of the Foundation include supporting transportation of the Ark to world ports of call to serve as an interactive, informative, cultural museum and event center.
Discussing expansion of the fundraising project, Mr. Teo notes, “VR brings so much to the Ark experience. Our next steps are to create VR simulations of what it is like inside the Ark of Noah when it is populated with animals and sailing in a storm. We are already designing interactive games and integrating live streaming to allow viewers to experience when the Ark sets sail.”
Considered the first Singaporean movie director to become established in Hollywood, Mr. Teo is a screenwriter, director, and co-founder of FigTree VR, a principal player in the Bible VR enterprise. Seven Interactive, developer of the Ark of Noah app delivery platform, is a Los Angeles based mobile, web, and print design firm.
Mr. Teo states “This is a special event for everybody. The technology that we hold in our hands preserves the tradition of billions of people in the world. It is something special to those who want to keep it close to them. With VR and mobile technology, this is possible today.”
The Bible VR app is free on the Google Play store and coming soon to iOS.
In The News
Founder, Ark of Noah Foundation in the Netherlands
Born in 1958, Johan Huibers grew up in the Dutch province of Noord-Holland, in the ‘Realm of a thousand Islands’. His fascination with water in all its facets dates back to his childhood. When he was 24, he encountered God, who planted a desire in his heart to help others. Having been involved in adventure filled aid projects in Ethiopia, Albania and Bosnia, he set about realizing his big dream: to reconstruct Noah’s Ark.
At 33 years old, building constructor and carpenter, Johan Huibers dreamt that a fierce storm-tide flooded the entire province of Nood-Holland in the Netherlands. That dream marks the start of an exciting adventure in which Johan overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve his ultimate goal; the building of a replica of Noah’s Ark!
President for the Ark of Noah Foundation
It is with great pleasure to partner with Bible VR app that was created by film director Pearry Teo. The Ark of Noah VR project, made possible by a partnership with Nokia, which will allow the users to directly experience the Gospels through rich virtual reality.
Previously to joining the Ark of Noah project, Mr. Rivera served as Director of Planned Giving for Harvest Ministries. His service with Harvest Ministries a non- profit ministry was from 2009 – 2014.
In 1982, Mr. Rivera, started his career as a Sales Representative for the 3M Company. In 1992 he was promoted to the 3M Health Care Division as Corporate Account Manager. In 2000, he was promoted to the 3M Industrial Markets as 3M Channel Specialist. In 2009 David retired from the 3M Company after serving twenty-seven plus years.
Mr. Rivera received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Los Angeles in 1980.
He served in the United States Air Force from 1970 -1974.
Mr. Rivera currently volunteers as a high school mentor for the Montebello School District through the College Bound Today program.
He currently resides in Southern California with his wife Toni. He has two adult children and two grand children. Contact David Rivera at [email protected]
Herald A.M.A. Janssen, LL.M.
Director, Ark of Noah Foundation
Following studies at the Royal Naval Institute as well as service as a communication & liaison officer in the Royal Netherlands Navy, Herald A.M.A. Janssen, LLM. studied economics at the University of Heerlen, after which he focused on real estate management.
Herald was a recognized expert at the Netherlands Court of Justice for real estate valuations, and worked as an asset manager since 1984. He initially worked in the real estate sector as service provider for various institutional clients, such as e.g. pension funds and government authorities, inter alia also including NATO. In this conjunction he successfully launched a series of projects and placed these with institutional investors.
Herald subsequently briefly worked in South America and acquired knowledge of investment banking in North America. In the year 1997 he founded his own asset management company MJM Asset Management Est. in Liechtenstein.
In 2005 he initiated the foundation of GENESIS Investment Funds Ltd., and has managed the Funds until end of 2013. In 2008 he graduated in Wealth Management Law from the University for Human & Social Sciences in Triesen, and was awarded the title Executive Master in Laws (LL.M.).
As of January 2014 Herald joined the management team and Board of Directors of Natural Resources Development Group, managing close to 2 Million HA of tropical rain forests in Liberia and Brazil.
Chief Media Officer, Ark of Noah Foundation
Pearry Teo joins the Ark of Noah Foundation as Chief Media Officer in September 2016 where he supervises the creation of media (both Traditional and Virtual Reality) to be used in the Ark of Noah’s exhibition experience.
He also serves as CEO / Co-founder of Bible VR, a mobile app aimed at delivering Virtual Reality content for the faith-based and Christian Market which includes, movies, prayer rooms and Holy Land Tours.
Previously to joining the Ark of Noah project, Mr. Teo has served as a film director, producer and writer for over 10 feature films for companies such as Lionsgate, NBC, Universal and Sony Entertainment. He left his vocation to focus on using his experience in media to spread the Word through Ministries and Churches.
Bible VR currently works alongside Renderver, an MIT start up and Virtual Reality company that deploys the technology into elderly care to treat the effects of aging by expanding their worlds into the Holy Land and offering immersive experiences.
About the Ark of Noah
- Holds more than 5,000 people at once
- 95 feet wide (29 meters)
- 410 feet long (125 meters)
- 75 feet tall (23 meters)
- 5 decks
- Interactive and Amazing Life Experience
- Biblical History and Teachings of Time Until Noah
- Bringing the Underprivileged to Learn the Teachings of Christ
- Lasting Impression for all Ages
- Special Interest Groups Will be Invited for Free Through your Support, such as Orphans and Underprivileged Families
- Great Adventure for Families, Friends and Groups
- Available for Conferences, Services, Concerts, and More…
The Ark of Noah brings the experience of hope through the teachings of Jesus Christ to visitors worldwide.
Hundreds of thousands have already visited this true-size Biblical Ark of Noah, built by the carpenter Johan Huibers in The Netherlands, his second replica Ark.
The vessel itself is an immense life-sized exhibit with multiple floors. Visitors will experience Bible based stories and exhibitions, attractions, a movie theater and more. The Ark of Noah Foundation will bring the Ark of Noah to Brazil with the help of worldwide supporters.
Transportation of the Ark of Noah from The Netherlands to Brazil will be an incredible undertaking made possible by donations. The voyage will be streamed live on the internet. People will see the barge on which the Ark of Noah will be mounted for the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.
After docking at several port cities in Brazil, the Ark of Noah will visit many other harbors on its journey through South, Middle and North America. While still in the planning phase, desired ports to visit include: Montevideo and Buenos Aires, Havana, Panama, Columbia and then off to the United States: San Diego, Long Beach, San Francisco and Seattle.
Ark of Noah Foundation
Herald Janssen – Director
David Rivera – President
Domiciled in Pasadena, CA, U.S.A, the Ark of Noah Foundation is a U.S. government registered 501(c)3 non-profit foundation. The Ark of Noah is used for exhibit and Christian educational purposes and available for events.
The Ark of Noah Foundation is raising donations to transport the Ark of Noah from The Netherlands to several ports in Brazil this Summer 2016, and to sponsor orphans and other children, as well as underprivileged families to visit the Ark of Noah for free.
The Ark of Noah Foundation focuses on spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and social outreach to the underprivileged. Donations will also be used to bring needy Brazilian children, families and orphans to visit the Ark of Noah exhibit where they will each receive a bible. This will be a once in a lifetime experience for many, and we rely on your donations and support
Future plans are to bring the Ark of Noah to several other port cities in Brazil. The Ark of Noah is to visit many other harbors on its journey through South, Middle and North America. While still in planning, desired future ports to visit include: Montevideo and Buenos Aires, Havana, Panama, Columbia and then to the United States: San Diego, Long Beach, San Francisco and Seattle.
The Ark of Noah is a complete Non-Profit undertaking. All income generated and expenses made will be audited and publicly accounted for and any surplus will be distributed to the social outreach projects chosen in close cooperation with regional partners.
All contributions to Ark of Noah Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Ark of Noah Foundation tax ID number is 33-0499320
<<Brazil section coming soon>>
- The Ark of Noah Will be the Biggest Event in Rio Other Than the Olympic Games!
- A Unique Evangelism Experience
- The Story of Noah Is Still Bringing People to God
- 5 Stories Tall… as Big as a Football Field… and Leading People to Christ
- The Little Known Story with a Big Impact
- Journey from The Netherlands … to Brazil … and on to Eternity
- The Ark of Noah Sails Again
- The Story of Why the Ark of Noah is Going to Rio is a Story of God at Work Today
- The Ark of Noah is One of the Most Impactful Evangelism Tools the World has Ever Seen
- Just as in the days of Noah, this Ark is Sailing by Divine Appointment
- The Ark of Noah – on a Journey That Leads to Eternity!
- The First Ark: A Story of Salvation — This Ark: Bringing the Experience of Hope