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Penn State Student Entrepreneurs Introduce Twist-To-TightenTM Watch Bands

Penn State students R.T. Custer, Tyler Wolfe, Frank Barber and Mac Frederick have announced the creation of VorTic Watches, a new start-up company that aims to make your watch or smart-watch fit more comfortably. The goal of the four students is to set the standard for the watch industry by making the perfect fit standard.

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A VorTic Watch owner can tighten or loosen the band by turning the bezel on the face of the watch. The team came up with the patent-pending idea when they became annoyed by the way their watches slid up and down their wrists on each swing they took on a round of golf on the Penn State White Course. To view the video animation of the concept and learn more about the idea and co-founders, visit

VorTic Watches’ Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, R.T. Custer, said, “We noticed that your wrist size and the way you want your watch to fit varies over time and by activity. Sometimes you may want a snug fit, and other times you may want your watch to fit more loosely. Our design lets you alter the fit of your watch anytime you want”.

The team currently has ten Mechanical Engineers prototyping the concept on 3D printers at Penn State’s Learning Factory. They are planning to launch a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign once the design is finalized in order to fund and expand their business. The vision is to partner with a large watch manufacturer in order to bring this concept to all consumers.

Custer said, “We are excited to introduce this new technology to the industry and are even more excited to have so many Penn State students involved with its design and manufacturing”.

You can see VorTic’s prototypes at The Learning Factory Showcase Event on Thursday, May 1st from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center. This event is open to the public and will showcase more than 200 projects completed this semester by students in Penn State’s College of Engineering.

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