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.
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.
See more at the Flickr Roomba Art photopool.