To be clear, you won’t be getting any R2-D2 stuff, so don’t get your hopes ‘that high’. Having said that, a flying device that you can control via your iphone or android phone does sound like an awesome thing to do. You can use the accelerometer in the iPhone to change the drone's direction or you can release both thumbs to make the drone instantly return to a stable hover( how cool is that). Back at CES 2014, Parrot unveiled a new MiniDrone line along with with its AR.Drone models. The Rolling Spider and Jumping Sumo are the first two MiniDrone announced. The Rolling Spider, a MiniDrone capable of 360-degree flips along with the ability to roll up walls and across ceilings, features a built in vertical camera (there mostly for determining the speed of MiniDrone) which helps you capture snapshots. The Rolling Spider's autopilot also allows you to hover in place with the help of its three-axis accelerometer and three-axis gyroscope.
Jumping Sumo, the second one in the list, comes with an adjustable set of wheels, you can set them to either narrow or wide position as you wish for better stability and control. The reason behind this name - Jumping Sumo - can be it’ ability to launch itself up to 3 feet. The Jumping Sumo also comes with a front-mounted camera that can live-stream video to a smartphone or tablet James Bond style (cool, don’t you think?). Apart from streaming them it can also capture photos and video with the camera. Jumping Sumo can also be programmed with a series of actions like turns and jumps.
The two are controlled entirely with Parrot's FreeFlight 3 app for iOS and Android with windows 8.1 and windows phone 8.1 receiving their version of app later in September. The makers say that they spent quite a bit of time to make sure that the drone would be stable and easy to use — particularly important since Parrot hopes kids will use the MiniDrone.
The company promises 6-7 minutes on a full charge and it will be a very fun few minutes. You will be able to buy extra batteries for $19.99. With The Jumping Sumo going for $160, while the Rolling Spider at $100 parents have a option to make their children happy in a way that kind of fits in budget (come on, the smile on your child’s face is worth the price). You'll be able to pick them up online and at Apple, Best Buy, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless stores.
Source: CNet | Parrot Blog
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