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.
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I’ve been a fan of flight since a young age; while I’ve had few opportunities at the helm of manned aircraft, the hours on my fleet of drones continue to grow. I enjoy putting cameras into the sky, silky smooth aerial imagery makes me happy. My goal is to help all pilots enjoy flight legally and safely.
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.
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: