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Introduction to fuzzy control

Fuzzy logic is a tool to help you control complex systems. Most control systems are based on proportional integral derivative (PID) technology (“Closed-Loop Control,” August…

CAN we talk?

Distributed systems require protocols for communication between devices. CAN and SPI are two of the most common. I recently spent some time working on systems…

ASIMO to the rescue

While surfing the web, Michael Barr, the editor in chief of Embedded Systems Programming, came across a project undertaken by Honda. The goal of the…

Educated Guessing Games

Engineers can't know everything, but with the approximation techniques described here, we can fill in the blanks. Engineering is often a guessing game. Radar, high…