(Editor's note: This is a continuation of David Wilson's last
blog post, with a link to the
videos on the Embedded.com video player.)
Emphasizing the fundamentals of motor control, and explaining them
using common everyday examples, constitute the centerpiece of my motor
control seminars. Judging by the feedback forms, it seems to be
working! It's especially gratifying to see the wide-eyed look of
excitement on the face of an engineer when they finally grasp that
missing fundamental piece required to understand a particular topic!
Unfortunately, the seminar venue only allows me to reach a few people
in a given city, at a given time. But with the Web, I can virtually
reach anybody, anywhere, at any time! (People a lot smarter than me
figured this out a long time ago, but you can imagine the wide-eyed
look of excitement on my face when I finally got it!) As a result, I am
now converting all my motor-control seminar material into video modules
that can be posted on the Web.
With the Web venue, I also want to try something new that I don't have
time for in my seminars. I want to "bring to life" the founding fathers
of our technical heritage and re-live the experiments that led to the
mathematical relationships that are so dryly recited in our engineering
textbooks today. Putting us on location with the likes of Oersted and
Faraday makes the equations come alive and helps to "cement" the
concepts deep into the foundation of our understanding.
The first topic on Magnetic Fields is already completed and has been
partitioned into four videos, each about 10 minutes long. Other videos
will soon follow. Click here for the first video
In closing, I hope you have as much fun watching the videos as I have
had making them, and that you will get a sense for how excited we are
at Freescale about motor control technology! Who knows maybe we'll
sell some silicon along the way. But our main goal is to help you
develop better motor control applications " faster!
David Wilson is a motion products specialist (and fundamentals
advocate) for Freescale Semiconductor. He received a BSEE degree from
John Brown University in 1979, and MSEE degree in 1986 from the
University of Wisconsin. For the past 30 years, he's held various
positions working on projects ranging from nuclear pulse processing to
artificial intelligence pattern recognition.