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Manufacturer: Parrot Inc.
Recommended Retail: $159.99
Read Reviews (Amzn): Parrot Mini Drone Jumping Sumo
Parrot really made a name for by itself with flying robots you control using a smartphone, Android, iphone and now it’s hitting the ground with the Jumping Sumo MiniDrone. Unveiled in January, the $160 two-wheeler is finally available, and it worth testing one out.
In order to operate and drive the Jumping Sumo, you connect your phone or tablet to its internal Wi-Fi network. As soon as you’re on, the Free Flight 3 iphone app (available on iOS and Android) recognizes the bot and you will start driving, picking up the robot’s live video stream too.
Your left hand controls activity and basic steering, while the right-hand controls permit you to jump and perform pre-programmed steps: spin jumps, slalom swerves and other slick but silly moves.
A little spring-loaded piston at the rear of the Sumo bot is what leads to it to leap nearly 3 feet inside the air when you hit the jump button. Another button causes it to be jump forward, at a bit lower height
The fun one has while playing with this Jumping Sumo MiniDrone was making it jump in and outside of boxes, and playing a beautiful version of “Angry Birds” using empty boxes or stacked Tupperware.
The battery life is around 20 minutes, and that’s about as long as you’ll want to play with it, at least until you utilize its more advanced functions. As for example, you can capture images from its 640×480-pixel camera, and save them to the bot’s internal memory.
Sadly, you need external memory—in the form of a USB drive—if you intend to record video of your expeditions and stunts. This causes problems, because it requires an awkward USB-to-Micro-USB adapter, and the whole contraption will stick from the front of the Jumping Sumo inside a precarious manner.
The biggest criticism on the Sumo Drone is that, for the retail price, Parrot didn’t adequately integrate video capture.
The Jumping Sumo certainly has lots of appeal, as both a stunt devil as well as a sneaky prankster. Because its maneuvering is so specific, it could even be used in limited cases to check out crawlspaces and other hard-to-reach areas at your residence. But $160 seems at least $60 expensive for this toy robot.
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