Source: Pittsburge Post-Gazette

Focus on safety and health — This trend is most obvious in the mushrooming number of companies pitching monitoring devices, some stand-alone and many that make use of smartphones’ built-in sensors, to track your vital data or even your baby’s.

But here’s my personal favorite: AfterShokz headphones, which bypass your outer ear and conduct sounds to your inner ear and brain via your cheekbones. A military version reportedly helped the Navy Seals during the Osama bin Laden raid.

New this year, to complement last year’s award-winning version, is a Bluetooth version. Like the original, AfterShokz Bluez wraps around the back of your head and loops over your ears, leaving them open to other sounds — like that of the car that’s about to hit you when you’re chilling on music.