I’ve had a fascination with magnetic connectors for years. Two years ago I came up with a “MagPad” concept that would add magnetic connectors to existing devices, and since then I’ve also done some minor prototyping on such a system. As I’ve never been interested in going commercial with anything I do, however, my only hope was that someone else had the same idea and ran with it. Now, someone has.
The Neo-Plug is more or less exactly what I envisioned. You get a small connector piece that attach to your device’s existing connector, taking up next to no extra space, and a cable adapter that will attach to it magnetically. Through using gold-plated neodymium magnets the Neo-Plug will allow for proper charging through the magnets, and give you all the benefits of a cable that snaps into place and won’t drag your device down with it if the cable gets snagged on anything.
Obviously I hope this project succeeds, though it does need to raise another $165,000 in just 26 days. With Neo-Plug kits available for both Apple 30 pin, Lightning, and microUSB connectors, however, there are plenty of devices out there that this will support, and plenty of people who can benefit from it.[Kickstarter]
Update: Turns out the video in the project was a rush job due to Kickstarter rejecting the first one for using CAD illustrations. The original, and far better one, is below.