Industry heavyweight DJI has been keeping quiet on whether we can expect any new drones at CES, after releasing the $99 toy Tello drone in partnership with startup Ryze. The Chinese company’s last release was the Osmo Pocket, which isn’t a drone at all, but a tiny handheld gimbal that shoots 4K video. That leaves room for the smaller players and drone accessory makers to showcase their products this year.
A couple of drone products have been named CES 2019 Innovation Awards honorees, including Yuneec’s Mantis Q released last August, and a new single-handed flight controller called FT Aviator that was designed by NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski. There’s also a flurry of drones that capture footage underwater. A couple of underwater drones are expected to make an appearance this year include Navatics’ MITO, which comes equipped with a 4K camera and advanced stabilization. Sublue is also showcasing a prototype of its Nano underwater drone, which uses AI to automatically follow subjects to take photos and videos.