We first met UVify at CES 2018, where we were expecting to see many drones, small drones for children, big drones for professionals and everything in between, and we did! The team at UVify had a big presence on the show floor, and even more so at the Drone Rodeo – they stood out for me and even announced a small drone I didn’t think I’d love, boy was I wrong.
In addition to their Draco racing drones that won awards in previous years at CES, they were showing off their AI efforts and the UVify OOri, a mini drone safe to fly indoors, but also able to hit over 50mph on the race track. That was the beginning of our relationship with UVify, and only a beginning for all the drones they now offer. Let’s see all the machines that UVify has to offer.
Update 2021: UVify is finding great success in the light show industry. You’ll find some examples down below. While that side of the business continues to grow, they’ve reduced their efforts on the consumer drone market. You can expect continued support for your OOri or Draco drones, but don’t be surprised if they are not as readily available for purchase in the future.
Artificial Intelligence – autonomy
In addition to all of the below, the Draco R now also offers RTK precision navigation. UVify may have landed in the mainstream for their racing efforts, but I was highly impressed by their AI work. At CES 2018, particularly at the Drone Rodeo, they were demoing their prototypes for autonomous flight. The prototype worked its way through an obstacle course, showing its ability to self navigate.
These efforts are destined for applications such as search and rescue, warehousing and more. More importantly, this research leads to features and functions that are going into their other drones.
We should note a fun fact, they are using the NVIDIA Jetson as the computing system in their largest prototypes. As we know, this means there is a ton of computing power on deck to handle all of the navigational needs of the drone.
We’re eager to explore this topic a lot more in the future, for now, racing drones!
January 2017Release Date
The UVify Draco was the first consumer drone that UVify put up for sale. It garnered awards at CES 2017 and became the leaping point for several other racing machines in a series. The Draco was accompanied by the Draco HD — the only difference between the two being the camera. More specifically, the Draco is equipped with analog video transmission, while the Draco HD uses a digital video transmission, both work with FPV gear. There are pros and cons to each, but the Draco with analog video is less expensive, the video stream is lower latency, and more reliable in high-radio frequency areas.
For the racers out there, the UVify Draco is a fairly heavy drone. It is very powerful and fast, but needs a bit more room to make the corners. Draco is ideal for courses with long straights, but maybe grab something like that little Baby Hawk for tight courses.
Check out the UVify Draco for $699.
UVify Draco HD
January 2017Release Date
The UVify Draco HD is the digital camera version of UVify's first consumer drone. The two versions, the Draco and Draco HD, garnered awards at CES 2017 and became the leaping point for several other racing machines in a series. The only difference between the two being the camera. More specifically, the Draco HD is equipped with a full digital video transmission, while the Draco uses an analog video transmission, both work with FPV gear. There are pros and cons to each, but the Draco HD with digital video is a little more expensive, still offers a low latency video stream, and provides a much cleaner image.
For the racers out there, the UVify Draco HD is a fairly heavy drone. It is very powerful and fast, but needs a bit more room to make the corners. Draco is ideal for courses with long straights, but maybe grab something like that little Baby Hawk for tight courses. For the high-speed aerial cinematography folks, you came to the right place!
Check out the UVify Draco for $799.
How modular is it?
The long-armed prototype of the Draco we witnessed in 2018 has evolved into a full drone series with DR1 Racing. The new UVify Draco-4×4 packs sixteen motors onto a long-armed Draco, and is covered in LEDs to make things bright. The concept is pretty simple, drone racing is fantastic fun for pilots, but a little hard to follow for the audience. By making larger drones, it will be easier for onlookers to appreciate the event. Pilots should enjoy the experience as well, requiring them to learn new flight techniques and endure larger courses.
Having been in the flight cage while the Draco-4×4 is flying, I can promise you your heart will pick up pace when you see this drone in action.
Because the Draco is so modular, the 4×4 version is just an update away for current Draco owners. Longer arms, a bigger battery and a ton of fun coming soon.
January 2018Release Date
UVify has a rich history in drone racing. They understand that future racers need to start somewhere, developing the UVify OOri as a fantastic beginner's race drone. Slow and stable for practicing in your living room, this machine can open up to over 50MPH when you want to win a race. Agile, light-weight, and fast, the UVify OOri is great for beginners on a budget.
There may be less expensive beginner drones out there, but if quality is of concern to you, the UVify OOri for $295 is hard to beat in the segment.
Unboxing and setup:
January 2019Release Date
It’s a bird? It’s a plane…. I’ll stop there, this is the Identified Flying Object from UVify, a business class drone ready to put you to work. You read that right, the UVify IFO is a powerful, if simple, drone by itself, but when you put 20 or more of them together, light shows are soon to follow. Advanced connectivity and as much battery life as they could manage is packed on top of a huge led light, then you stack the drones together when charging to reduce travel woes.
UVify will sell you an IFO drone, but that’s not the idea. Instead, take advantage of their business package, for a monthly fee, you get a minimum of twenty IFO drones and a no-nonsense replacement program. One simple fee puts a full drone entertainment business in your hands. Now you just need to find customers, make sure you abide by all the laws, acquire the proper waivers, and put those drone into the sky.
May 2019Release Date
When UVify launched their entertainment drone, the IFO, they took a carbon fiber frame and attached a big LED light to it. The drone itself is simple at first glance, ignoring the advanced computing and GPS tech to help it fly in a swarm. A few months after that, they announced the UVify IFO-S. Using the same frame, they upgraded the on-board computer, added mounting points for an array of payloads and accessories, then programmed it to be a bit smarter.
If for no other purpose, the UVify IFO-S offers a superb search and rescue experience. One drone alone is a good start -- Attach vision and infrared cameras then start the search. With the IFO-S, the "S" stands for swarm, which means that a dozen, a few dozen, how about a hundred of these drones taking to the sky to find a lost hiker or seek out a fleeing criminal. I think you see the point.
We had a great time hanging out with the UVify team at CES 2018. They had a fun booth with one of the best flying cages I’ve seen, drone simulators set up to play and plenty of friendly faces to answer any questions.
We are, without a doubt, going to have to keep an eye on UVify moving forward. The drones and technology, more specifically, the capabilities of their consumer drones, are on par with the best machines from the top companies out there. I can’t begin to tell you how significant that is for how small of a company UVify is.
Exciting times for drones, thank you UVify for chatting with us at, and ever since, CES 2018.
UVify represented through DroneCode at InterDrone 2018: