About

Gender

Male


Location

Fort Bragg, CA


About Me:


I am the Owner and Author of these advertising-free informative web sites:
  • Drones Are Fun www.dronesarefun.com
  • Quadcopters Are Fun www.quadcoptersarefun.com
  • Multicopters Are Fun www.multicoptersarefun.com
  • ConvertaQuad www.convertaquad.com
  • PhotoQuad www.photoquad.com
  • Robots Are Fun www.robotsarefun.com
  • CNC Is Fun www.cncisfun.com

Now flying, rolling or under construction:
  • Hoverthings FLIP FPV Pro Quadcopter with Pixhawk, 14" props, KDE 515kv motors, telemetry, Sony AS100V Video Camera, Brushlesss Gimbal and FPV.
  • Custom CF tube H/dead-cat Quadcopter with Pixhawk, GoPro, Gimbal & FPV.
  • Hoverthings FLIP Sport Quadcopter with PX4.
  • ARF DJI FlameWheel 330 Quadcopter with PX4.
  • ARF DJI Flamewheel 450 Quadcopter with APM 2.5.
  • Blade 200 QX, Hubsan X4 and Estes Nano Quadcopters.
  • My design: Hanging pendulum style robot with 2 brushless 26" bicycle wheels.
  • Traxxas Stampede 4x4 Rover with PX4.

Professional History:
  • (Retired) Microcomputer Engineer, Hardware and Firmware.
  • (Past) Lead Editor of DIYDrones APMcopter, APMplane and APMrover wikis.


Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest

  • Reentry into RC Planes 3 years ago.
  • Lots of PIC hardware and C and assembler programming experience.
  • Currently interested in Quadcopter development, robotics, 3D vision, environment relative autonomous navigation, Linux, Beagle Bone, Odroid, TOF cameras and LIDAR.


Hometown:

Mendota Illinois


Activity Feed

Gary McCray commented on Yutaca Sawai's blog post Biomechanical simulation of Artificial Aquatic & Marine Animals (2)
"Hi Yutaca,Intriguing points, I think using reflection you really mean reflexive (reflex based) in English.I agree with your analogies, basketball in particular makes strong case for minimum data set minimumum computation model.I was entering a groce…"
Jan 20, 2018
Gary McCray commented on Yutaca Sawai's blog post Biomechanical simulation of Artificial Aquatic & Marine Animals (2)
"Hi Yutaca,Good to see you still pursuing and progressing in biomechanical simulation and excellent simulations I might add.I am finally starting to work on my real time dynamic 3D vision / Navigation concept which takes a minimalist approach to visi…"
Jan 16, 2018
Gary McCray commented on Alex Williams's blog post Open source underwater glider
"Really great innovation and excellent execution.A truly novel design, high efficiency propulsion solely by ascending and descending.Seems to me this might be combined with one of the the wave or solar powered self propulsion boat methods for really…"
Oct 17, 2017
Gary McCray commented on eUGENE's blog post Is it possible to beat drone jammers?
"The simple approach is to set up for a full autonomous flight profile and remove all radio gear from the drone itself.
Not sure if Ardupilot will let you do this stock, but you can modify the code so that it will.
Beyond that I would suggest shieldi…"
Oct 9, 2017
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Blimpduino flies again!
"Great job guys and definitely true, what we all wanted to do 10 years ago, finally here, long, hard,
fun trip though."
Oct 6, 2017
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Our DIY Robocars sister community in the news
"Both variants of the Donkey look like excellent platforms for inexpensively getting started in
autonomous drive cars."
Sep 28, 2017
Gary McCray commented on tom hobart's blog post Download Simulator Game AWuAV 3015E drone
"Hi Tom,Cute looking simulator, but when you select download link you get this message
This site can’t be reached
http’s server DNS address could not be found.

Using the recommended search I found this link which seems to work better
http://awuav.wo…"
Sep 13, 2017
Gary McCray commented on Gary McCray's blog post Sony RX0 for $700.00 looks way better than GoPro
"True it doesn't do 4K recording, but personally I use 4K on my Hero very seldom and would definitely welcome higher quality 1080P, especially the high speed capability,
What is may be more significant is the apparent lack of electronic or optical im…"
Sep 1, 2017
Gary McCray commented on Gary McCray's blog post Sony RX0 for $700.00 looks way better than GoPro
"@ B Garcia,
I think you can stick in quite large SD card and get way more recording time than 5 minutes.
And it is designed for very heavy duty use.
It should work fine in a gimbal, I see absolutely no indication at all it is designed for stationary…"
Sep 1, 2017
Gary McCray posted a blog post
The new Sony looks way more Pro than GoProThe New Sony RX0 looks like a really Superior camera for our use.Probably too much to ask to make it work in our old Solos, but maybe with a Cube - who knows.1" image sensor and high speed HD and shutter and…
Aug 31, 2017
Gary McCray commented on tom hobart's blog post AWuAV 3015E the Revolutionary Open Source drone
"Hi The Sun,I can certainly see that you could make a monocopter with 3 vanes work, the ones I have seen use four because their actuation parallels that of a quadcopter.Three independent vanes requires at least a somewhat uncommon control scheme and…"
Aug 30, 2017
Gary McCray commented on Gary McCray's blog post Nvidia TX1 SE kit a steal at $200.00
"Hi Mario, My charge was $28.00 for tax and shipping in California.It looks like you are being handled by an out of country third party, you need to email or speak to actual US Nvidia personnel to get this straightened out.
Call Nvidia support (or em…"
Aug 24, 2017
Gary McCray commented on Gary McCray's blog post Nvidia TX1 SE kit a steal at $200.00
"Hi ben,True enough, but cant wait to see you stick the 1080 Titan on your quadcopter with enough battery so it can still get off the ground.
I have a 1070 in my computer, but its not going airborne any time soon.Navigational grade 3D vision especial…"
Aug 18, 2017
Gary McCray commented on Gary McCray's blog post Nvidia TX1 SE kit a steal at $200.00
"I ordered it immediately when they sent me a developer notice.
Their software is demanding but immensely powerful and free, with a big community to back it up.
For any kind of 3D vision or object relative navigation this is the puppy you need."
Aug 17, 2017
Gary McCray commented on tom hobart's blog post AWuAV 3015E the Revolutionary Open Source drone
"In order to get a monocopter to work at all you have to have 4 servo controlled vanes on the bottom (2 for a dual copter (counter rotating) in order to have any directional control and they still work like crap in any kind of windy or gusty situatio…"
Aug 17, 2017
Gary McCray posted a blog post
Hi all, long time no post, but this is too good.Those of you doing development want this.At $200.00 it is 3 times cheaper than the TX1 normal development kit/board and the only difference is no camera module, but any USB camera can be used.Not quite…
Aug 17, 2017
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