Drone-maker demonstrates rolling MiniDrone and Jumping Sumo bot at CES
At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), quite a few attendees were reportedly attracted to the booth of famous drone-maker Parrot; with the company showcasing two highly notable additions to its robotic lineup --- the MiniDrone and the Jumping Sumo.
With Parrot having already enthralled the CES audiences with its AR. Drone during the last couple of years, the robots which were demonstrated by the company's representatives this time round were the newly-announced wall-crawling Mini Drone and the terrestrial Jumping Sumo. Both MiniDrone and Jumping Sumo will hit the stores later this year, though no pricing has been disclosed thus far.
The hand-held MiniDrone is a small quadcopter which is capable of flying in the air and rolling along the ground with the help of detachable wheels. The quadcopter features an onboard gyroscope and accelerometer which facilitates the users in controlling the device while turning corners; along with an embedded camera to capture all the activities.
The Jumping Sumo is an agile, two-wheeled robot, which can spin, jump up to a height of two-and-a half feet, and make 90-degree turns. Basically a remote-controlled ground bot, the Jumping Sumo has the ability to leap into the air using a high-powered piston. Users can control the bot with a smartphone or tablet, via a 2.4 or 5 GHz WI-Fi connection.
The Jumping Sumo is also equipped with a gyroscope and accelerometer; and its two big wheels enable it to make sharp turns, or even spin 360-degrees, while remaining in one spot.