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Penn State students create brain wave technology headphones

Musical Minds use brain wave technology to track how people respond to music. (WJAC)

UNIVERSITY PARK -- A group of Penn State students have combined their love for music with their skills in engineering to develop headphones that pick up your music by tracking your brain waves.

Alex Patin, founder and CEO of Musical Minds, said on Monday he and his friends started planning how to create the invention in their hometown of Newtown, Pennsylvania.

Patin and his team of engineers are now juniors at Penn State, and they spend most of their days working on Musical Minds inside LaunchBox, a space dedicated to helping young interpreters start up new businesses. The team told 6 News they always knew music could have a powerful effect on people, and they wanted to make a gadget that allowed anyone to experience it for themselves.

"My grandmother had dementia, and I had trouble connecting with her," said team member, Chloe Melnick. "She would often forget my name but she could remember every word of a familiar song."

The headphones have brain wave technology inside them, tracking how each song someone listens to changes the landscape of that person's brain in real time.

"I never expected to make anything quite like this," said Patin. "A year ago, I didn't think I would make it this far. It's been an exciting experience."

Just like music apps such as Pandora, it takes time for the app to know what music is right for the individual. But once it knows, it can pick the perfect song for any moment.

"It could actually provide useful information for people who are dealing with things that are not as severe as dementia, like ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)," said Melnick. "It really does have the power to help people with a wide variety of diseases."

Once the headphones hit the market, you will be able to buy a pair for $220.

For more information, you can go the Musical Minds website.

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