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roomba light paintings
jul 04, 2011
roomba light paintings


‘IBR roomba swarm in the dark iii’, part of the ‘IBR roomba art‘ timelapse photo series by tobias baumgartner, marcus
brandenburger,
tom kamphans, alexander kroeller, and christiane schmidt
of the IBR algorithm group of germany’s braunschweig university of technology

long used for more than just cleaning, as a popular choice for robotics programming courses and competitions,
the roomba vacuum cleaner takes on a artistic undertaking in a series of timelapsed, ‘light painting’ photographs.
in the most basic renditions, roomba owners attach coloured LEDs to the devices and let them roam for the duration
of a long-exposure photograph. more enterprising photographers, like the IBR algorithm group at germany’s braunschweig
university of technology, create designs by constructing obstacles, thereby designating space that the roombas cannot pass into
and which thus remains dark. flickr user reconscious utilized accelerometer-driven LEDs so that the colour light
varied depending on the roomba’s movement.

more roomba light paintings can be seen in the ‘roomba art‘ flickr group.


‘IBR roomba swarm in the dark iii’ by the IBR algorithm group at braunschweig university of technology


‘IBR roomba swarm in the dark xv’ by the IBR algorithm group at braunschweig university of technology


photograph by paul chavady


photograph by reconscious


photograph by steve doll


photograph by reconscious


photograph by mike bala


photograph by reconscious


process photograph: the roombas of the IBR algorithm group each feature a differently coloured LED


process photograph: the effect of text was accomplished by spelling out ‘IBR’ with boxes, creating a section that remained dark because the roombas could not travel there


left: reconscious outfitted his roomba with an accelerometer whose reading determines which of three LEDs is lit
right: detail of the control – three coloured LEDs (bottom right), accelerometer (center), and arduino microcontroller (bottom left)

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