AFP

NEW YORK

It may be a while before drones start patrolling American skies or delivering packages, but kids and adults will be able to command their own personal flying devices very soon. The French electronics firm Parrot on Tuesday unveiled its ‘Rolling Spider’ and ‘Jumping Sumo’ mini-drones to go on sale in the US market in August. ‘We wanted to create connected robots for the generations of smartphones and tablets,’ Parrot spokeswoman Vanessa Loury told AFP at a demonstration in New York. The mini-drones are controlled by mobile apps loaded on tablets and phones using Apple’s iOS or the Google Android platform, Parrot said. With these new devices, ‘everything around you becomes an excuse to play, and the world transforms into a giant playground,’ said a statement from Parrot.