I'm really hoping that this is an actual word at this point, but it's gotten me a severe case of loganamnosis today regardless...
I'm looking for a word that was used to describe a mechanical device or as a name for an invention. I believe that the device was an invention like a robotic arm or hand, or it could have been an invention used to assist in a task. All of my best Google Fu has only turned up different iterations of robotics.
What is sticking in my mind is that I'm fairly certain there is something strange about this word. Its etymology could be eponymic or its meaning could be used in a way that is unrelated to its original definition, and I'm almost definitely certain that I read it in some sort of etymological listicle.
I will not share what letter(s) I believe it starts with because I have found that when I try to recall a word that I am almost always wrong in this regard.
EDIT: Upon reading on the evolution of robot arms here, I don't believe it has to do with robotics. This is very frustrating, and though I want to say that the meaning of the term is now derogatory, I cannot say for certain.