The Jumping Sumo is a minidrone that comes equipped with 3 control modes and an inertial unit (complete with a gyroscope and an accelerometer) that enables the craft to perform precise turns in under a second. Weighing only 180 g, the Jumping Sumo is capable of jumping up to 80 cm in height and length while landing on its wheels every time, and boasts a range of 50 meters. It also features a built-in spring that allows it to push objects in its path, an auto-balance function, and adjustable wheels that open for increased stability at high speeds and retract in "compact" mode for greater agility in tight areas.
The Jumping Sumo uses the FreeFlight 3 free app, which connects iOS, Android and Windows 8.1 devices to the minidrone through Wi-Fi(r), and generates its own 2.4 or 5 Ghz network. The app also includes additional acrobatic options and a "road plan" function for pre-programming acrobatic sequences. A built-in SD camera allows the transmission of streaming video straight to a tablet or smartphone screen. Other features include:
- A flight time of 20 minutes
- A speed of 2 m/s
- A speaker that produces customizable sound animations
- LED eyes
- 1 micro-USB cradle
The two-wheeled Jumping Sumo toy robot has more than a little spring in its step.
Parrot is trying to expand the reach of its consumer drone products with two new gadgets now available to buy, the Jumping Sumo and the Rolling Spider. The names are slightly silly, just like the products themselves, which give you a taste of the full drone experience at a fraction of the price, and which are probably best for kids new to the world of smartphone-controlled robots and people who think the AR Drone looks cool but aren’t willing to spend wads of cash to find out.