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Mechanical Hand  
  A large robotic hand or claw, large enough to grasp a person.  


(Buck Rogers: Small Mechanical Hand)


(Buck Rogers: Giant Mechanical Hand Rescue)

From Buck Rogers, 2430 AD, by Philip Nowlan (w/D. Calkins).
Published by Not Known in 1929
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Compare the giant claw hand rescue of Wilma to the similar rescue of Neo in The Matrix (1999), in which he is flushed into the water and grabbed by a giant robotic claw and then hauled back into the ship:


(The Matrix: Neo Rescue After the Flush)

Take a look at these true life articles about a giant mechanical hands Heinlein's Giant Waldo Comes To Life and Giant Robotic Hand Video.

Compare to waldo from the short story by Robert Heinlein.

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