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Long Exposure Roomba Photos are Pretty, Insightful.

If you haven’t heard of a Roomba before, it is a small, $100-$600, robotic vacuum cleaner that roams around and picks up after its messy human counterparts. Some creative Roomba owners have gotten the bright idea to take long exposure photographs of their Roomba doing its thing. The result is a beautiful image offering insight into how the Roomba bot navigates around the room.

Long exposure Roomba Photo

The Roomba tirelessly cleans every nook of the bedroom

“Now here’s something interesting, I set up a photo camera in my room, turned out all the lights and took a long-exposure shot of my roomba doing it’s thing for about 30 minutes. The result is a picture that shows the path of the roomba through it’s cleaning cycle, it looks like a flight map or something. It really hits every spot! -signaltheorist


It’s interesting to see that the Roomba does not go back in forth in a grid-like manner, but rather appears to start off in a random direction, then turn roughly 90 degrees when it hits an obstacle. It would be interesting to see the Roomba’s algorithm.

Several more Roomba long exposures are posted on a Roomba Art photopool, like this one by Flickr user Bartlec.

Flickr user Bartlec took a long exposure photo of a Roomba's path.

Flickr user Bartlec took a long exposure photo of a Roomba's path.


See more at the Flickr Roomba Art photopool.


3 responses to “Long Exposure Roomba Photos are Pretty, Insightful.”

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