Posts by Trevor Smouter

Trevor Smouter is a Nuvation staff hardware designer. He holds an MASc in electrical engineering and is currently working on his PHD in the control systems group at the University of Waterloo. As a hobby he operates EMR Laboratories Inc. developing FPV and UAV related products. Quality time with his family often involves executing applied science experiments with his boys who share his interest in all things related to engineering.

Audio Testing…With a Pressure Cooker?

By Trevor Smouter | Apr 11, 2014

Nuvation recently developed a product for a client that was a high-quality audio recording device with an integrated microphone. Our client needed their device to have a high dynamic range and low noi...

Will You Catch the IoT Product Development Wave?

By Trevor Smouter | Feb 25, 2014

The air is absolutely still in the frigid early morning and across the neighborhood lazy clouds of white vapor drift slowly up from the heated homes. On the nightstand, your phone’s dimmed screen su...

Tuning PID Controllers

By Trevor Smouter | Oct 18, 2013

In our previous post we discussed the basics of PID controller design. Here we present how to tune each of the individual signals to create a controlled system. Tuning proportional The first ste...

PID Controller Design Basics

By Trevor Smouter | Oct 14, 2013

Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) controllers are undoubtedly the most ubiquitous controllers in use today. Their popularity comes from the fact that the controller can be tuned in the field to ...

Control Theory 101 for Beginners

By Trevor Smouter | Sep 24, 2013

In the field of electrical engineering no other discipline is further from the public’s conscience then that of control. While control is not as ubiquitous as electric power or microelectronics it i...

Taking Flight With Oculus Rift

By Trevor Smouter | Aug 12, 2013

As a hardware designer at Nuvation, I’m constantly exposed to designs using bleeding edge technology. It’s challenging and exciting, and I find that the skills I develop often spill over into my a...