FlipStart - World's Smallest, Always-Connected Windows PC
By Mike Hanlon
June 4, 2004
Paul Allen's Vulcan has announced the FlipStart - a miniscule fully functioning Windows XP PC with wireless connectivity to provide users with continuous access to software, email, and the Web while on the go.
Allen, one of the world's richest men and the co-founder of Microsoft, came up with the idea based on the premise that mobile professionals have too many devices and needed full functionality in one pocket-sized device. Previewed at last week's DEMO conference, the Flipstart PC has a post-card-sized form-factor, and features a small keyboard suitable for thumb typing, wireless Internet connectivity and a small-but-readable high resolution screen.
Founded in 1986 by investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, Vulcan oversees various business and charitable projects and has investments in more than 50 companies all based around a central theme of initiatives that 'change and improve the way people live, learn, do business and experience the world.'Vulcan companies include Charter Communications, DreamWorks SKG and Digeo Broadband, Sporting News, the Seattle Seahawks NFL Gridiron Football and Portland Trail Blazers NBA basketball teams, First & Goal Inc., Vulcan Productions, the Seattle Cinerama theatre, Experience Music Project and the six Paul G. Allen Foundations.