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Best gadgets of 2012: iTwin

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Lux Anantharaman wanted a simple way to safely access his personal financial data, which was stored on his PC at home. 

He didn’t want to use a flash drive to carry the data around, and remote access solutions all involved installing software, creating a new login/password and configuring settings. Too much hassle.

So Anantharaman and his business partner Kal Takru came up with the idea for iTwin – a simple piece of hardware that lets you interact between two computers.

Here’s how it works. The iTwin looks like a long USB stick. Simply snap it in half and plug the two connectors into two computers: the computer containing files you need to access, and the computer you want to work on. 

A folder named iTwin gets automatically created and you can drag-and-drop files as you see fit. 

There are no subscription or renewal fees and it’s secure, too. The two iTwin halves are specially linked to only one another. When you install the software you will be emailed a link with a disable code in case you misplace the other half. If you lose one of the “twins”, you can buy a replacement that can be paired with the remaining half.

This clever little dongle is thin and sleek with rounded edges and comes in two colours: steel gray and lime green.

Supports Win XP, Vista, Win 7 and MAC OX 10.6 and above.

Price tag: £99.95

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