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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,