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This month's highlights include our cover story on the upcoming plug-in electric Prius by senior technical editor Charles Murray. (It's also posted on the site here, but there are additional pictures in the e-magazine version.) I believe Chuck has become the foremost journalist covering new car technologies, and he's always worth reading.
"Design Tools Get the Human Touch" is the next piece you'll want to read. Contributing CAD editor Beth Stackpole writes about how the trend towards increasingly feature-rich design tools is now giving way to a focus on usability. My skeptical nature leads me to wonder if this is perhaps temporary and simply part of the cyclical back-and-forth between what tools theoretically can do -- 90% of which you'll never try at home -- and what they're used for on a daily basis.
Following page 62, we've got a great supplement on Mechatronics. It's entitled "Miniaturization Muscles into Medical Devices" and starts with a Zigbee-based patient-monitoring system.
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