Are you selling products or technology?
We like to tinker with ideas and build things with our own hands. The prototypes were built to demonstrate the robustness and performance of our connector technology to aid licensing efforts. However, we are beginning to make them available as limited production products as a result of the positive feedback we've received. Offering them for direct sale demonstrates our confidence in manufacturability and field performance. Stay tuned or let us know of your interest though the contact link below.
Is this technology only good for toys?
Many of the prototypes shown do look like toys. They're fun to play with and the lights provide immediate feedback. However, they also show how this technology does not rely upon tight mechanical tolerances or expensive tooling to provide reliable performance with relatively inexpensive implementations. In many cases, no additional connector housing is required since the connection can be built into the product housing or into the printed wiring substrate. Providing an electrical connector for a toy that is reliable, easy to mate, self-compensating for mechanical variations and relatively inexpensive is actually pretty challenging. The phone and LED lighting prototypes demonstrate that these characteristics are also valuable for higher-tech products.
Your prototypes seem to have only a few connections in a linear row or a two-contact bulls-eye pattern. Are there restrictions to what is shown on number, density or positioning of contacts?
No, there is a lot of flexibility in the number of contacts, how they are arrayed and contact force. For example, we fabricated a quick test jig with an array of 85 contacts within one square inch using a single magnet on one side and individual ferromagnetic pins on the other side. Pull forces measured varied by about +/- 7 %. We've built less dense arrays where higher contact forces were desired. In all cases, our technology can be implemented with less than zero insertion force (i.e., negative insertion force) and with each contact force independent of array. For conventional array connectors, symmetrical arrays, relatively high insertion forces and relatively stiff connector housings are required to ensure adequate contact forces throughout the array. With our technology, contact pairs can be arrayed as desired. Since there is no insertion force required, the housing does not need to be stiff to transmit insertion forces or have tight mechanical tolerances. Go ahead and build your connector into a soft silicone rubber housing in any pattern you want with design confidence. Note that some of the magnetic force can be directed to provide biasing forces for thermal transfer or to provide moisture sealing of mated connections. Of course, conventional mechanical latching including compression gasket sealing of mated pairs is compatible with using our magnetic technology technology for electrical connections. Confidential test data is available for potential licensees.
Do you only offer magnetic electrical connection technology?
While most of the patented technology shown here benefits from the self-aligning, negative insertion force from magnetic connections, the interleaved axial rail technology found in US Patent 9, 303,854 provides translation and 360 degree rotation possibilities for magnetic and non-magnetic modules. US Patent 10,132,452 and some of the patent-pending technology also have non-magnetic applications. We also have other trade secret technology in our back pocket for future use. If you wonder if we have something that would help your project, please ask. If we can't help, but have an idea on someone who can, we're happy to direct you there.
I have a particular application in mind. Can you help me with the design?
We appreciate that we're in the best position on how to optimize this technology for a particular product concept or application. There are design choice trade-offs that can be made to optimize system design for a particular application. Apex Technologies, Inc. is available to seamlessly provide complementary design assistance to a licensing agreement with Apex Patent Licensing.. For example, contract engineering services for prototype feasibility. verification under normal and customary contract design terms may be possible as Phase 1 of a business relationship.