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Indian engineers have developed a 3D-printed robotic prosthetic prototype that could function almost as well as a human hand. The detachable robotic hand can lift objects weighing up to 400 grams, and perform activities ranging from writing to using a mobile phone. The innovation was unveiled at the on-going three-day conference on the use of robotics and automation for humanitarian applications,at Kollam, Kerala. 

"It's a novel underactuated hand, made using rubber and nickel. Lab tests of the hand showed better potential compared to other prosthetic hands available, in terms of load carrying capacity, durability and strength. The technology has the potential for a wider application besides being used for prosthetic limbs," said Dr. Ganesha Udupa, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kollam, Kerala.