Robotic Vacuum Cleaners Generate Beautiful Light Paintings

Robotic Vacuum Cleaners Generate Beautiful Light Paintings

A new art project illuminates the path of the Roomba cleaning robot, creating stunning pieces from their seemingly random movements.

Dylan Schenker
  • 30 january 2012

Long exposure light painting is something we see a lot of whether in video or photographic form. More often than not, as messy as it may seem it is often very deliberate. There is a desire to control how light is captured by the camera to produce very specific shapes or designs, or in the case of one Norwegian project, to visualize WiFi networks.

So what if you added a bit more chaos to the mix? Roomba’s automated room cleaners move in seemingly random ways to clean the rooms they are deployed in. However, by equipping a camera to a Roomba, patterns emerge from their movements that appear much more deliberate than one would expect. The result is a series of beautiful abstract swirls and lines of light.

Click through the gallery below to see some more of the startling artworks:


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