Drones can be used for everything from emergency response to playing the James Bond theme song. But --until now -- you might not have seen them jump.
Drone-maker Parrot is releasing two new models of miniature drones this August: the Jumping Sumo and the Rolling Spider.
CNNMoney took them out for a spin on a midtown Manhattan rooftop.
The Jumping Sumo -- as its name suggests -- can actually fling itself two and a half feet in the air (so we were careful to keep it away from the edge of the building). It's controlled by an app for Apple (Tech30) iOS and , Google (Tech30) Android devices, and it requires a Wi-Fi connection. The Sumo can be controlled at a distance of about 160 feet. ,
Unlike many of Parrot's other products, it has wheels and not propellers -- it can't fly.
On the other hand, we took the Rolling Spider joy riding over Broadway. It's a Bluetooth-controlled miniature quadcopter that works with iOS and Android devices. As of September, it will be Microsoft (Tech30) Windows compatible. The Spider also comes with a set of attachable wheels, which enables the robot to scale walls. The smartphone control range extends about 50 feet. ,
At one point the wind took the Spider a bit out of reach and it flew very close to a nearby building (the only onlooker that appeared to notice simply lowered her shades).
The Jumping Sumo is $159 and the Rolling Spider is $99. Both robots are targeted at a younger demographic than Parrot's AR drones, which will run you about $300.
"It really introduces the technology to fourteen-plus, but we'll see kids of all ages wanting to play with these devices," said Parrot Vice President Peter George.
The ultimate in childhood spying.