Menu
Land and air drones you don't need to worry about

Land and air drones you don't need to worry about

The MiniDrone and Jumping Sumo toy robots will be available later this year

Parrot's Jumping Sumo robot streams real-time video back to its controller.

Parrot's Jumping Sumo robot streams real-time video back to its controller.

Drone-maker Parrot debuted two new toy drones ahead of the International CES Sunday night.

The MiniDrone is an insect-like four-fan helicopter that users can control with an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. The Jumping Sumo rolls along, and of course jumps, while streaming real-time video back to the same devices.

The MiniDrone is a follow-up to the company's AR.Drone, which made its first appearance at CES four years ago. The new bot has large, detachable wheels that let it roll along on the ground before the user decides to send it into the air.

See the MiniDrone fly around CES in a video on YouTube.

"It is more for indoor [use] and more of a drone for the phone," said Henri Seydoux, Parrot CEO when comparing the new drone to its bigger brother.

The MiniDrone is piloted using Bluetooth, while the Jumping Sumo runs over a home Wi-Fi network. It can also create its own if one isn't available. While the Jumping Sumo streams real-time video back to its controller, the MiniDrone doesn't offer any video.

See the MiniDrone jump in a video on YouTube.

The flying bot will get about seven to eight minutes of flight on a single charge, while the Jumping Sumo about 20. Both can be recharged using a micro USB cable.

The Jumping Sumo is capable of jumping 90 centimeters (35 inches) in a single bound.

Both toys will be available later this year, but exact launch dates and pricing were not announced.

Nick Barber covers general technology news in both text and video for IDG News Service. E-mail him at Nick_Barber@idg.com and follow him on Twitter at @nickjb.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags consumer electronicsparrotroboticsCES

Events

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

This year’s Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards were held as an integral part of the first entirely virtual Emerging Leaders​ forum, an annual event dedicated to identifying, educating and showcasing the New Zealand technology market’s rising stars. The 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 recognised the outstanding achievements and business excellence of 30 talented individuals​, across both young leaders and those just starting out. In this slideshow, Reseller News honours this year's winners and captures their thoughts about how their ideas of leadership have changed over time.​

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners
Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security

Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security

This exclusive Reseller News Exchange event in Auckland explored the challenges facing the partner community on the cloud security frontier, as well as market trends, customer priorities and how the channel can capitalise on the opportunities available. In association with Arrow, Bitdefender, Exclusive Networks, Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security
Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomed 2019 inductees - Leanne Buer, Ross Jenkins and Terry Dunn - to the fourth running of the Reseller News Hall of Fame lunch, held at the French Cafe in Auckland. The inductees discussed the changing face of the IT channel ecosystem in New Zealand and what it means to be a Reseller News Hall of Fame inductee. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch
Show Comments