The most obvious comparison is a trim tab. After all, NCRS is fundamentally a plate that moves up and down. Unlike a traditional trim tab, however, NCRS is actually part of the running surface rather than an add-on component.
Like the traction control in your car, NCRS automatically makes adjustments based on user settings — how much help you want out of the hole, dialing in the shape of your wake — and dynamic conditions in the boat, such as load.
Sensors relay conditional data to the LINC system, which determines how far the plate needs to be deployed based on user settings, optimizing the running surface under any condition for every application in real time.
NCRS was inspired in part by movable surfaces on aircrafts. In fact, Bill Snook, director of design and development, relates NCRS' automated function to that of military aircraft, in which pilots aren't responsible for the control of many movable surfaces.