We ran into iTwin co-founder Kal Takru at last night’s press event, Showstoppers, and he had some good news for us. You may recall them as a finalist from 2009′s TechCrunch 50 — and now they’re shipping. That’s a stage many startups don’t reach. In case you’ve forgotten, the iTwin is a simple device for connecting two computers wirelessly. You plug one half into one computer, and one into another, and if all goes well, an encrypted connection is created between them (via the internet, not directly), letting you share files securely.
At the risk of this sounding like a plug, I’m glad to see these things are hitting the streets, though $99 will be above the casual user’s budget when a plain USB drive accomplishes the same thing with a little more effort. DropBox and similar services also pose a challencge.
They’re working on a Mac version so you can share files across platforms. They also added a disable code in case you lose one half, though you can also just unplug one half of the device. Hopefully we’ll get one of these for review soon, and can evaluate it on ease of use, build, and so on.