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Drones learn new tricks as the app-fu­elled Jump­ing Sumo and Rolling Spi­der take off

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Tired of buzzing mock­ingly above our heads, the new drone army from French wire­less firm Par­rot has added some im­pres­sive ac­ro­batic spe­cial­ists to its ranks. And con­trol­ling them from your phone or tablet is the Freeflight 3 app, where com­plex ma­noeu­vres are tack­led with sim­ple swipes, taps and tilts. Away from move­ment, you can ac­cess live video feeds and even plot ob­sta­cle cour­ses to take on.

But what ex­actly are you con­trol­ling? Well, the Blue­tooth-con­nected Rolling Spi­der (top) has re­mov­able wheels that can travel along the ground, up walls and even across ceil­ings. Packed with an ac­celerom­e­ter, gy­ro­scope, ul­tra­sound for pre­ci­sion, near-ground fly­ing and a down­fac­ing cam­era for snap­ping footage of any dra­matic u-turns or flips, it’s a badass bug.

It’s Wi-Fi-only pal, Jump­ing Sumo, is a ground-based tum­bler robot, de­signed to speed around or straight through ob­sta­cles. Its party trick, though, is a spring-mounted propul­sion sys­tem that helps it leap nearly a me­tre. It also has a wide-an­gle front cam­era that’s ideal for spy­ing/cap­tur­ing ac­tion. app free, Rolling Spi­der $140, Jump­ing Sumo $220,

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