On July 27, 2016, Vuzix corporation announced their partnership with Amimon, developer of the Connex ProSight, the industry’s first all-digital HD drone vision system to sponsor an international drone racing team. Their team will be supplied with gear from both companies in order to give them a better chance in the events. The first major event will be the 2016 US National Drone Racing Championships held at Governor’s Island in New York City August 5-7. This event will be the first time an all-digital vision system will be used in a sanctioned event.
“We are excited to sponsor this team together with Amimon in a new sport that is quickly gaining fans and participants. Combining the Connex ProSight solution with the Vuzix iWear Video Headphones will maximize the experience and competitive advantages for the drone racing pilots on the Vuzix team,” said Paul Travers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vuzix.
“Both companies are committed to enhancing the FPV experience for pilots and fans alike and this is a synergistic combination that brings the sport to a new level. Partnering with Vuzix will further accelerate the adoption of the Connex ProSight all digital product in the drone enthusiast market by delivering a great way to maximize the benefits of our wireless transmission system,” said Ram Ofir, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amimon.
The buzz around digital HD vision systems has been impressive as of late. The use of these types of products can have a huge impact on the future of the drone racing scene. However, I do believe the hype around it overshadows, in my opinion, a more important part about this press release. The fact that companies are beginning to be interested in sponsoring international drone racing teams is a huge step up for the sport. The global reach that these companies can provide grant access for pilots to compete all around the world. As more and more international-reaching teams become formed, the skill gaps close rapidly. The level of the pilots (and their teams) become all that matters, and most get an opportunity to prove themselves.
For the official press release, including more information about both companies, click here.