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We Want to Build Oculus for Kids, CEO Brendan Iribe Says

Health is a concern for young minds, but Iribe is confident virtual reality for kids is on the horizon.

Asa Mathat for Re/code

Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe is thinking of the children. Like, literally.

Oculus, the virtual reality startup owned by Facebook, hasn’t yet launched a publicly available headset (it’s coming in 2016), but Iribe says that, eventually, he’d like to create a headset for children. Right now, Oculus has implemented a 13-year-old age limit for its devices until the health effects of virtual reality technology become more clear.

“[We figured] let’s start at 13, let’s evolve the technology more, let’s build more confidence in the health and safety side of it,” he said onstage at Re/code’s annual Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. “One day, we definitely want to have Oculus for kids. Especially for all the educational uses of this.”

For now, the device is technically off-limits to pre-teens, but it doesn’t appear that Oculus has a great plan for keeping kids off VR. The device includes a warning when you first put it on, and it’s built for bigger heads so may not fit children appropriately, but beyond that? Adult supervision, please!

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