Trends with Benefits: Robot bartenders, lawnmowers, and the holy grail of ear buds

Samsung just held its annual Unpacked event to unveil the new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy Edge Plus, so mobile writer Kyle Wiggers catches us up on all the updates. We also discuss the viability of phablets and Samung Pay, which works even with conventional cash registers that haven’t been upgraded with NFC.

Bluetooth ear buds are something we all want, but no company has successful been able to bring a great product to the market. Special guest Eric Tsoi, the creator of Pearbuds, thinks he has figured it out! He goes into detail about the upcoming product, and the new Kickstarter campaign making it happen.

Watch your toes! iRobot just received permission from the FCC to use radio signals in it’s new lawn-mowing robot. Seriously. A robot with moving blades running around your lawn.

In less threatening robonews, MIT just developed a mobile robot bartender that will take your order and bring you your drinks in a crowded bar, all on it’s own. Could iZac from Futurama be a reality?

Today’s episode features Ian Bell, Caleb Denison, Kyle Wiggers, special guest Pear Designs CEO Eric Tsoi, and host Greg Nibler. Of course we were also live on Periscope taking your questions throughout the show!  Follow @DigitalTrends to be alerted when we go live or send in questions ahead of time to Please subscribe and share Trends with Benefits, and send in your questions to