FlipStart Mini PC



Pictured: the Vulcan FlipStart PC  


A small PC called the FlipStart has had many tech guru's buzzing since its display at the recent Demo 2004 conference. Looking like a large organiser it actually hides away a full pc running Windows XP at 1 GHz with a 30 gig hard drive, It gives the user of a laptop the portability of a palm type device and being a full version of window XP you can run any software your standard desktop can run.

Measuring just 148mm x 101mm x 26mm the tiny pc's features include a 5.6” display with a resolution of 1024 x 600, 256MB DRAM, an Integrated 1.3MP digital camera, USB 2.0 port and WiFi compatibility.

Optional features also available include a docking station so you can use it just like a desktop and a nifty device FlipStart call a Low-Power Interactive Display (LID™ ) module. The LID module is a small screen that is incorporated into the top of the device that gives uses a quick shortcut to low res applications like calculator and calendar making the unit a true organiser as well as a PC.

With a USB 2.0 port the device is opened up to whole range of accessories, although FlipStart plan to sell accessories like external CD / DVD drives, the user is not locked in to buying the original accessories with the USB 2.0 port inbuilt. many people may opt for a full size keyboard or USB mouse to complement the FlipStart's inbuilt keypad.

FlipStart is expected to go on sale later this year, it is manufactured by Vulcan inc, not to be confused with the Australian whitegoods manufacturer of the same name. Vulcan inc was formed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allan in 1986, their investments range from companies like DreamWorks SKG to the Seattle Seahawks NFL and Portland Trail Blazers NBA clubs.

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