Robotic chessboards are going to become a whole lot more popular in the near future. Square Off already has a bunch of them that let you play more naturally. The Excalibur Phantom Force Chess Robot is also worth a look. It doesn’t require a smartphone to work. It can set up the pieces without human intervention and even play against itself.
The Excalibur Phantom Force also has voice feedback. It can talk in English, French or Spanish while playing. You will need 6 x C batteries to power this.