Helen Greiner’s Stuck Moment as an Idle Achiever


October 18, 2011
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Her stuck moment: As a designer of robots for military use, iRobot missed the mark with its mine-clearing robot, Ariel, which used advanced technologies but did not meet the needs of the customer. Greiner’s company became known for innovation for innovation’s sake. 

She commits to her belief: When Greiner was invited to an Army Rangers demonstration, she used the opportunity to get user feedback by bringing a different robot prototype and asking soldiers for input. 

Unstuck result: The prototype she showed the soldiers later became PackBot, a bomb-disposal robot that has saved the lives of dozens of soldiers. 

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