Plenty of people assume that robotic chessboards are just a few years old. In reality, various companies used to make them in the 80s and 90s. Take the Fidelity Phantom 6100 Chess Robot: it is a smooth robot that lets you play against an AI. It also has an auto-play mode.
This chess robot has 24 levels of play and 12,000 positions in its book. It has a pressure sensitive board with a robotic arm underneath to move the pieces. The control panel has two rows of buttons to set up the games.