Ms. Greiner and her co-founders, Colin Angle and Rodney Brooks, have spent 12 years introducing their robot prototypes into new environments and then working to make them better. Ms. Greiner envisions a world in which robots handle tasks that are too difficult, dangerous, or time-consuming for humans. She describes iRobot’s goal as “doing for robots what Apple did for computers, making them available to anyone who wants to use one.”
IRobot is perhaps the only company in the world that develops and sells robots to the military, researchers, large corporations, and consumers. Most robotics makers focus on just one segment, and 2002 has been a busy year for the company.