Chennai-born Lux Ananthraman has created iTwin, a pair of identical USB drives that share data exclusively between them over any connection. The procedure is insert the USB drive you are carrying in any computer and you can access all your files securely and without the need for any third-party software. For iTwin, all you need is internet access. And it costs just about Rs 5,000
Singapore invention iTwin sweeps up awards
The latest accolade won by the device is the “Best of What’s New Award” by Popular Science Magazine in their computing category last month.
iTwin came out the winner among the top 100 new tech products selected from technologies from all over the world reviewed by the editors of the magazine.
Before that, iTwin picked up the Red Dot Product Design Award in July, and Frost & Sullivan’s New Product Innovation Award in 2010, The Straits Times reported.
In 2009, iTwin was the first Singapore start-up to be selected for participation in the prestigious Silicon Valley TechCrunch 50 start-up event.
iTwin is a two part device that can transfer data safely between any two online computers.
By plugging in one part into a computer, and the other detachable part into a second computer, users can upload, download or edit any file on the two computers.
As iTwin does not store data and the device can be remotely disabled, users are spared the worry of compromising sensitive information should the device be misplaced or stolen.
iTwin was developed in the laboratories of the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).
The idea for iTwin was born when co-founder and chief executive officer Lux Anantharaman wanted to check personal investments and finances stored on his home computer.
To achieve this, he thought of a simple yet secure remote file access solution, which was brought to life when he was a scientist at I2R.
Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd, the commercial arm of A*STAR, provided funding for a marketable prototype.
In 2009, the prototype made its debut at he International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the US.
Mr Anantharaman said he believes that iTwin may ultimately replace the portable storage market, which currently comprises flash drives, portable hard disks and memory cards.
SINGAPORE STARTUP iTwin AWARDED IDA / AMAZON WEB SERVICES CREDITS
SINGAPORE, 8 November 2010 – iTwin is delighted to announce that it has been awarded
IDA / Amazon Web Services credits.
Under the “Open Call for Cloud Computing Proposals”, iTwin has been selected by the
Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore, and awarded free AWS credits. iTwin
will use these credits to route some of its encrypted traffic through the reliable infrastructure
of Amazon Web Services. iTwin is a pioneering user of AWS in Singapore. All iTwin data is
encrypted in transit and only the two halves of iTwin know the encryption key.
“These welcome and useful credits add to the honours garnered by iTwin. We believe iTwin
is going to be very successful because it makes secure remote file access really easy. As we
ready for our US launch, it’s great to have this support and recognition. It adds further support
to our belief that iTwin will be hugely appreciated by computer users that dislike the messy
configuration, logins and passwords of current remote access solutions, or are concerned about
losing confidential data when they lose a portable file storage device, like a USB flash drive”,
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).
iTwin adds this award to several previous merits including being selected for the prestigious
TechCrunch50 event in Silicon Valley; TechCrunch TokyoCamp in Japan; a Singapore Design
Award (merit, product category); a Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award, and
selection for e27 unConference and LaunchPad. iTwin was also selected to participate at
TechVentures 2010, at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
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Safety & Security
Troubleshooting Corner Cases
Question Not Answered Here?
You can select files for accessing later on-the-go, or you can edit them remotely, without the files leaving your computer. You can also back-up files to your home or office computer while you’re out on-the-go. It’s so easy, it’s unbelievable.
If you still have one half of iTwin, you can buy a single half of iTwin from our website. Simply “pair” your old half with the new one, to create a new iTwin.
Your data is completely safe, since iTwin doesn’t store any data on itself. (iTwin just gives you access to data that’s stored on one of your computers elsewhere). You can easily order a new iTwin from iTwin.com.
- 1) Infected File should be copied to a new computer.
- 2) Infected File should executed on the new computer.
With iTwin, you explicitly select the files that needs to be copied. And the iTwin device does not store any unauthorized files on itself – it only stores iTwin application files. Malicious files cannot trick iTwin into copying files automatically. However, if you use iTwin (or any file transfer system) to knowingly copy suspicious files on to your computer and you execute them (by clicking on them) you might be opening malware.
You must remain logged in on the computer in order to use iTwin to access the files on that computer. So if you share the computer, for example with family members, you should make sure they do not log you out, as this will make your iTwin files inaccessible. If you are using iTwin to access files on another person’s computer, that person must remain logged in for the files to be accessible. In other words, the person that dragged files into the iTwin Local Folder must remain logged in, in order for those files to be accessible.