Marco Zambelli shows his prosthetic hand during an interview with the Associated Press in Rome Thursday, May 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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Italian researchers Thursday unveiled a new robotic hand they say allows users to grip objects more naturally and features a design that will lower the price significantly.The Hennes robotic hand has a simpler mechanical design compared with other such myoelectric prosthetics, characterized by sensors that react to electrical signals from the brain to the muscles, said researcher Lorenzo De Michieli. Arun Jayaraman, a robotic prosthetic researcher at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago, said the lighter design could help overcome some resistance in users to the myoelectric hands, which to date have been too heavy for some. Italian researchers say the Hennes weighs about the same as a human hand.Italian retiree Marco Zambelli has been testing the Hennes hand for the last three years.
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