Stand a chance of winning 1 of 2 Parrot Mini Drones

  • The Jumping Sumo mini drone
  • The Rolling Spider mini drone
Date:19 December 2014

The Jumping Sumo, worth R2 499

Parrot Jumping Sumo is a responsive bot with a strong personality which rolls, rushes, zig-zags, circles, takes turns at 90°. In a flash, it leaps up to 80 cm in height! Jumping Sumo has 3 control modes:

1. Jumper: Jumps up to 80 cm in height and length, and always lands on its wheels.
2. Kicker: Its spring enables it to push objects in its path!
3. Auto-Balance: Balancing a fashion, as a “Segway”.
Acrobatic tricks are available from the free app FreeFlight 3.
Thanks to its embedded camera, it plunges you into the heart of the MiniDrones action!

Jump and roll!
Its ultra sophisticated technology enables more precise turns than any radio-controlled car.
Drive with your fingertips.
Jumping Sumo performs half- and u-turns in less than a second with its inertial unit.
Depending on your driving, it expresses his mood with customizable sound animations!
As soon as you take it in your hands, LED turn red informing jump is disabled.

Faultless directional stability

Two piloting experiences with Jumping Sumo adjustable wheels:
1. The wheels open for greater stability in high-speed;
2. Re-tract in “compact” mode to enhance agility and drive through narrow areas.
Its embedded technology ensures perfectly straight paths and extreme turns!

The Rolling Spider, worth R1 599

Parrot Rolling Spider is an ultra-compact drone controlled by smartphone. It flies indoors and outdoors with surprising speed and stability. Acrobatic tricks are available from the free app for MiniDrones FreeFlight 3.

Ultra-light, Rolling Spider performs half- and u-turns in one swipe.

He does ​​front and rear loops in one click.
With its removable wheels, it runs from floor to ceiling and walls.
Equipped with a propellers cutout in case of a collision, it is designed to fly without harming living-room’s luminaire!

55 grams of technology

6 times lighter than AR.Drone and the same flight stability thanks to an autopilot based on a 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis accelerometer.

Pressure sensor for the flight altitude
Ultrasonic sensor for precision flying near the ground
Its vertical camera at 60 fps measures the speed comparing previous image.

Fly and roll!
This ultra-sophisticated technology based on sensor data fusion makes Rolling Spider one of the world’s most stable drones.
It has an exclusive free-fall take-off mode: its engines start when you drop it.
Capture aerial views with the vertical mini-camera.

Capture aerial views
Rolling Spider’s vertical camera enables you to take photos. You simply hit the ‘photo’ icon on piloting screen to take snapshots.
The photos are saved in the Rolling Spider’s memory which contains enough space for several hundred photos. Their resolution is 300,000 px. You recover your photos in FreeFlight 3 app: you transfer them from the Rolling Spider’s internal memory to your piloting smartphone or tablet gallery.

For more information, please visit The Gadget Shop.

To enter, answer the following question: What mobile app enables the mini drones to perform acrobatic tricks?

SMS the word Parrot, followed by the answer, your name and e-mail address to 32697 (R1,50 per SMS; this service does not allow for 8ta numbers), or fill in the online form below. Competition closes 31 January 2015, and the winners will be drawn on 04 February 2015.

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Competition rules: 1. Entry is open to anyone except employees (and their immediate families) of RamsayMedia and associated agencies. 2. Only one online entry per person. You may enter via SMS as many times as you like (R1,50 per SMS; this service does not allow for 8ta numbers). 3. Competition runs until 31 January 2015. 4. We will draw the winner(s) on 04 February 2015. 5. The prize is not redeemable for cash. 6. Prizes not claimed within 3 months will be forfeited. 7. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 8. Regrettably, only South African residents are eligible for prizes. 9. By entering this competition, you agree to receive future correspondence from Popular Mechanics. You can opt out at any stage by: (a) Sending an e-mail containing the relevant details with the subject line “opt out” to pmmailers@ramsaymedia.co.za; or (b) Sending an SMS including the word “STOP” to 31699. Standard SMS rates apply. 10. For the complete set of competition rules, click here.