SINGAPORE, 12 October 2010 – Technology start-up iTwin today unveiled its breakthrough plug’n’play device, iTwin, that enables simple and safe data transfer between any two online computers. The Singapore-developed device allows users to easily upload, download, or edit any file on either computer. It creates a robust, peer-to-peer, hardware-enabled, AES-256 encrypted connection between the two computers.
The two halves of iTwin are first paired on a user’s computer, creating a crypto key which is specific to the device. Only the two halves of the user's iTwin know the key. Plug the halves into the USB ports of any two online computers, anywhere in the world, and iTwin works like the two ends of a cable, without the cable.
The iTwin provides superior data security. Unlike a USB flash drive, no data is stored in the iTwin device and there is no danger of any sensitive personal or business information being lost if a device is misplaced. The iTwin allows for a password to be set up before file access is allowed, and the device can be easily disabled remotely.
Simplicity is another of iTwin’s benefits. When the iTwin is plugged into a computer, it automatically connects to its “twin” device over the Internet, whether that computer is nearby or half-way around the world. A familiar Windows Explorer user interface is used to view files, access remote files, or copy files from one computer to the other. If two colleagues need to share a set of documents, access can be provided to both parties using iTwin, allowing for instant edits without the hassle of e-mailing revisions of the files.
“iTwin provides access to all your files in the simplest possible fashion. You no longer need to contend with complicated remote access software. You don’t need to worry about information getting lost, and you don’t need to worry about file versions,” said iTwin’s CEO Lux Anantharaman.
Lux, together with Chief Operating Officer Kal Takru, founded the company, which is a spin-off from Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).
“We believe iTwin has enormous potential,” said Kal. “iTwin will extend the platform over time to support Mac OS X, smartphones, and other devices. This product is the first step towards an entirely new Human-Computer Interface device.”
The team plans to launch the iTwin in the United States and the rest of the world by end of 2010, following its Singapore launch today. The device has already garnered positive reviews by tech pundits, since its soft debut last year.
iTwin will be sold exclusively online at www.iTwin.com starting 10 October 2010 and will retail at SG$139.00 including GST (excl. shipping) within Singapore. For customers situated outside Singapore, iTwin will start accepting pre-orders via the website. The device is usable on Windows (XP/ Vista/ 7) computers.