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The cotton gin and the automobile were inventions that heralded a new age. What then, does the arrival of the Solarscreen System--which uses special tanning panels to create the illusion of tight abs--foretell? It was among the products introduced last week in Pittsburgh at INPEX, which bills itself as the world's largest invention exposition. This, it seems, is where they come up with those things.

WISER VISER--Attaches with Velcro to any set of glasses for extra sun protection. Say goodbye, hat head, hello, fellow Century Villagers

TIS-SHIELD--A tissue heat-sealed to a plastic sheet covers the hand to prevent unseemly blow-throughs and...

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