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Parrot Sumo: A Smartphone-Controlled Bot with Plenty of Potential

Parrot is a French Bluetooth company turned drone-maker. It showed off two brand new smartphone-controlled bots at CES 2014.  One is the rolling, jumping Sumo and the other is the MiniDrone, a super small version of its popular AR Drone that flies, rolls and hugs the Jumping Sumoceiling and the walls.

Piloted via Wi-Fi 2.4 or 5GHz with a Smartphone or a tablet, Parrot Jumping Sumo is a new genre of connected robot. “Half robot, half insect”, it is equipped with a gyroscope and an accelerometer, which provides fool-proof agility and intuitive piloting. It can roll, turn 90 degrees with speed and astonishing precision – meaning no obstacle is too challenging – and also perform spectacular jumps (up to 80 cm) always landing on its “wheels”!  With an embedded camera, its acrobatic and fast-paced movements are streamed onto the screen of the controlling Smartphone or tablet.

There are various video available on the web now (including Parrot’s website) for you to see it in action. 

From what we see so far, I feel it can be a really good robot development hardware platform if Parrot can open it up for the developer community, and I wish they do. 

http://blog.parrot.com/2013/12/24/parrot-jumping-sumo/

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