This Immortal by Roger Zelazny:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

This is such a likable book; it is set several hundred years in the future on a ruined Earth. Aliens visit it as you would a museum; imagine a race foolish enough to despoil a planet. Hot spots (from radiation) dot the planet; human DNA moves on. Satyrs and nymphs again hold sway in rocky grottoes in Ithica. It won a Hugo for Zelazny. Select an invention:

Chemelectric Afferent Nerve-Analogues
An engineered sensory skin.

Diptray
A hovering tray of drinks, used for parties.

Gauzy - a tent whose fabric is one molecule thick.
A feather-light tent, made of a fabric just one molecule thick.

Radar Mesentery - sensitive robot skin
A thick covering that supports a network of sensors.

Radson Skimmer
A small vehicle designed for a small number of passengers; capable of low, slow flight.

Rolem (Wrestling Robot) - robot wrestler
A robotic wrestling companion.

Simicolor
Artificial coloring for the body.

Sprung-Samser Treatment
A medical treatment to extend human life.

Sunshades - a transition
Sunglasses that darken and lighten based on ambient lighting.

 

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