Here is a rather innovative idea. Smartbot is a robotic platform featuring a variety of motors, sensors and extensibility that uses your smartphone as both its brains and also to increase the number of sensors it offers, such as GPS, accelerometer, NFC, cameras for navigation and so forth.
The smartphone communicates with the platform via the audio port, making it compatible with all major platforms, including Windows Phone. The platform is also extensible via Arduino-style dev boards.
The creators envision the device having multiple uses, ranging from education to battlebot.
See a schematic of the device and its features after the break.
The platform can be ordered now for delivery in April. Read more at the OverDrive website here.