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Parrot shows off new 'MiniDrone' and 'Jumping Sumo'

•, Raymond Wong
 Amazon may be ambitious with its plans to use drones to delivery small packages, but toy drones, such as the aforementioned AR.Drone definitely have arrived. (As long as you live with the short flight times.)
Parrot's two new toys are a lot of fun. The MiniDrone is a shrunken down AR.Drone capable of flying up to 160 feet from the controller. It has the same four rotor design as its bigger brother, but without the POV camera and it's controlled in the same way using Bluetooth 4.0 via an iPhone or iPad.
To make up for the camera, the MiniDrone has a pair of detachable wheels that allow it to land and roll around on the ground. Here's a video clip of it flying around and rolling around in a Las Vegas ballroom, surrounded by tech journalists:

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