Vulcan FlipStart MiniPC

Vulcan Inc., founded by Paul Allen, announced today that it will preview FlipStart at DEMO 2004, the premiere forum for new product innovation. Previously debuted as Vulcan?s ?MiniPC? prototype, FlipStart combines the performance and functionality of Windows XP with the connectivity of wireless PDAs to provide users with continuous access to software, email, and the Web while on the go.

“DEMO has selected FlipStart as an unprecedented demonstration of power and flexibility in mobile computing,” said Chris Shipley, executive producer of the DEMO Conferences. “Vulcan has raised the bar for the entire category. The small form-factor and its always-on connectivity liberates workers from the office desktop to make mobile professionals more productive.. This is another unique example of Paul Allen?s visionary approach to improving technology by offering people new levels of portable productivity and connectivity.”

The Vulcan FlipStart Mini PC fits in the palm of your hand and runs Windows XP.

Features and Benefits

  • Microsoft Windows XP Home/Professional operating system gives you the performance and functionality of
    your favorite PC applications
  • 30GB hard drive lets you take your data and software applications wherever you go
  • HDTV-quality (1024 x 600) display provides a crisp view
  • Full-function QWERTY thumb keyboard makes it easy to type while on the go
  • Seamless roaming software means you?re always connected to critical email and Web-based information
  • 802.11b/g Wi-Fi gives you high-speed access
  • MiddleMan software simplifies navigation in handheld mode
  • MobileMail (a Microsoft Outlook 2003 plug-in) enablesa more efficient email experience on low bandwidth connections while preserving battery life
  • Low-Power Interactive Display (LID) module gives you instant access to Outlook email, calendar, and MP3 files
  • Attach a large keyboard, mouse, and monitor for a traditional desktop PC experience
  • Connect a projector with the port replicator and you?re ready to present

The FlipStart features a QWERTY keyboard and a 1024×600 display.


  • Dimensions: 5.8″ x 4″ x 1″ (148mm x 101mm x 26mm)
  • Weighs 1lb (450g)
  • 1 GHz processor
  • 256MB system RAM
  • 30GB internal hard drive
  • 5.6″ HDTV-quality display (1024 x 600)
  • Integrated 802.11b/g
  • 3D graphics w/ 8MB video RAM
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home/Professional


  • LID module
    • Bluetooth
    • Wide area networking
  • Port replicator
  • Mini dock with DVD-CD/RW drive

The LID (Low-Power Interactive Display) module provides quick access to email, calendar reminders, contacts and MP3 files.

FlipStart features a complete Microsoft Windows XP environment ? no modification, no ?light? versions, no special ?viewing applications? required. Like your laptop or desktop PC, FlipStart gives you constant access to the Microsoft Windows XP Home/Professional environment and software applications that you depend on.

Pricing and availability has not yet been announced.

Visit FlipStart’s Website at for more information, images, and specifcations.