This is the future of car tech
Virtual Mercs and Mustang pinball: Pat Devereux reports from the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show
Posted: 09 Jan 2014
French drone-maker and in-car technology company Parrot unveiled two new wheeled toys at CES: the MiniDrone and the deranged Jumping Sumo.
The MiniDrone is a scaled down version of the classic four-blade drone - but with a set of wheels added so it can roll as well as fly. Like almost everything else at CES it is controlled via a Bluetooth smartphone app and has a range of around 150ft.
The Jumping Sumo is an altogether more disruptive bit of kit. Made of crash resistant plastic with a separate motor powering each of the oversized wheels, it also has the ability to jump several feet into the air like a scalded cat.
It's controlled by app that links to the front mounted camera, so you can send it screaming off on missions within its 150ft range. What those missions are, other than scaring the bejeezus out of your dog and cat, are left to you to decide. But it does have a grabbing hand, so it has some function, too.