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Japanese artist and engineer “HYde JII” has turned an iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner into a pretty impressive abstract expressionist painter. The robot, named Mr. Head (“Head-kun” in Japanese), a 15 year old Roomba, has retired his janitorial vacuum cleaner and taken up the arts.

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Four plastic bottles hold acrylic paints while an Arduino-controlled tube and value system spatter paint on a canvas with programmed amounts and at set intervals as the robot runs through its usual random-wander routine. Mr. Head still uses the original Roomba recharging station to take a break when the rigors of expressionism start wearing him down.

HYde JII portrays himself as little more than Mr. Head’s spokesman:

I am in charge of supporting Head-kun’s artistic activities, his promotional campaigns, and taking care of him in his daily life. As an artist, Head-kun will be working vigorously, so please put in a good word for him.

And he obviously wants to see Mr. Head gain recognition as a real artist:

Our biggest objective is to let the world know about Head-kun’s artwork. If you think he’s interesting, it would be nice for you to share that with your friends and family. We want to provide him with a chance to share his work.

We think he’s interesting. So we’re sharing.

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The paintings are for sale. There are two to date (that we know of), seen here. Spring Worm Hole (2014) is the salmon-colored piece, Spring Starburst (2015), the pink and yellow canvas. You can message Mr. Head’s agent (er… HYde JII again) on his website to find out more. I know I for one would be proud to have one of these lovely Mr. Head pieces in my home.

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Thanks to my Facebook friend, Amy Morse, for the link.