Long exposure photos of a Roomba paths

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Roomba is a series of autonomous robotic vacuum cleaners. Under normal house conditions the Roomba is able to autonomously vacuum the floor while navigating and avoiding obstacles. Roomba was introduced in 2002. As of February 2011 over 6 million units have been sold worldwide. Roombas do not map out the rooms they are cleaning. Instead they rely on a few simple algorithms such as spiral cleaning spiraling room crossing wall following and random walk angle changing after bumping into an object or wall. This design is based on MIT researcher and iRobot CTO Rodney Brooks philosophy that robots should be like insects equipped with simple control mechanisms tuned to their environments. The result is that although Roombas are effective at cleaning rooms they take several times as long to do the job as a person would. Roombas may cover some areas many times and other areas only once or twice. [Source]

Roombas also come equipped with color changing LEDs that indicate things like remaining battery power and dirty spots. The LED lights combined with a seemingly random cleaning path has led some intrepid photographers to take long exposure photographs. The results a kind of light painting are mesmerizing. Some artists have even taken the idea a step further using multiple roombas in a single room or affixing various colored LEDs to the Roomba to garner a multitude of results. And with no two Roomba paths being the same, the possibilities are endless

Tags : Long, exposure, photos, Roomba, paths, design, cleaning, spiraling, room, robotic, vacuum, photographers

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