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Parrot's MiniDrone Jumping Sumo rolls, spins, and leaps at your commandThe little smartphone-controlled two-wheeled rover is more than your average RC toy, but its price might be just a wee bit too much.
[MUSIC] If you're not interested in terrorizing your family, friends, neighbors and pets from the sky with a little flying drone, how about using the ground with one of these. The 160$ Jumping Sumo from Parrot. I'm Josh Goldman with CNet and the Sumo is one of Parrot's Mini Drones. That is entirely controlled with your smartphone or tablet. You connect to it via wi-fi, open [UNKNOWN] app for Android, iOS, and eventually Windows 8.1, and you get a first-person view streamed from the camera in front. Form there you navigate around by sliding the onscreen stick forward or back or tilting your phone forward or back to turn. You can have the wheels wide for stability or compact for tighter spaces. Then there's the jumping part where you can trigger the leg back here to send it straight up or forward about two and half feet. I know in of itself that's not too exciting until you start setting up obstacles for it or taking advantage of actually programming it by setting up a road plan. You can use the camera to take low res photos and if you plug in the small micro SD drive you can record VGA video from two, you get up to 20 minutes of use from the included battery. Depending on what you're doing with it it can be much shorter and takes 90 minutes to fully charge. The price though will probably be the bigger hurdle to jump. You can read the whole review on CNET.com, but if you are looking for a different kind of drone, and have the money, it's certainly a fun way to kill some time. I'm Josh Schulman, and that's a look at Parrot Mini Drone Jumping Sumo.