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Customized Nintendo Themed Roomba Vacs

For SUPER iam8bit, a group art exhibition featuring over 100 artists remixing their 80’s videogame memories, we collaborated with iRobot and fabricator Kelice Penney to create a series of “character covers” for several different Roomba models.

Hand-made and intricately detailed, their functionality was unaltered. And while the presence of a cleaning device might usually be poo poo’d in a party scenario, the thousands of guests at the SUPER iam8bit opening welcomed these creatures with mouths agape.

Extreme cuteness and delight collide with each design: Mario’s squatty nemesis, the Goomba (from Super Mario Bros.); the much-feared “green” and “homing red” Koopa shells (from Super Mario Kart); and the fattiest Roomba of all, the snout-spitting Octorok (from The Legend of Zelda).

This video captures the essence of these curious (and smart) vacuums as they adventure around the 4,500 sq. ft. iam8bit headquarters in Los Angeles, sweeping clean everything in their wake.


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