I started a project on kickstarter that beginning roboticists might find interesting. Short story is that it is an Arduino based thing for end users that want to use electronics in a project, but don't want to solder and learn how to program and all that. And it can be controlled from a smartphone.
Link to project is:
It has wifi built in, controls up to 4 servos and 2 DC motors, temperature sensor and light sensor built in with ports to connect other things. I invented this because I was tired of having to spend 3 or 4 hours figuring out how to do basic stuff just to get something moving. There is a video showing some applications like making a mona lisa's painting's eyes follow guests at a party, making a stuffed animal move, etc.