Simone Giertz

Simone Giertz specialises in making entertaining but rubbish robots.

But this woman is an online star and loves making creations to help her with things she’s “bored with”.

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It’s not always been about science for Simone Giertz.

“I would go through periods of very intense hobbies. When I was 12 I set out to learn Sonata Pathétique by Beethoven and practiced the piano for hours everyday. When I was 14 I had 93 different plants in my room.

“I guess I was ready for retirement by middle school.”

Since school she’s gone on to hold a variety of jobs such as a government worker and an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) reporter but enjoys what she does now because she “doesn’t have to punch a time clock or watch people get punched in the face”.

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Robots and YouTube

There wasn’t one specific moment that led to Simone working with robots, it was more a long string of events.

But in a nutshell, it goes like this: “It's the classic story of ‘girl posts video of a robot online, the internet takes girl by storm, thousands of men voyage into her comment sections to ask for her hand in marriage, she ignores all of them, starts a YouTube channel and keeps on building robots’."

After posting this first YouTube video she’s gone onto create a channel with more than 900,000 subscribers where she frequently shows off her latest work. And she's a host on Tested.com, a hugely popular making website with a 3.1 million YouTube subscriber base.

Not surprisingly she says her biggest achievement is being able to build a career by building things which don’t work.

Her creations take around a month to complete from initial idea to finished product with the videos taking two-three days to film and edit.

Some of her most popular inventions include: 

  • The “Wake Up Machine” – an alarm clock and a revolving hand that slaps the user until they’re awake 
  • The “Lipstick Robot” – like having your own personal make-up artist 
  • The “Breakfast Machine” – for anyone who’s too busy to prepare food in the morning…
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The future

“I'm not sure I want to have a plan. I'm working towards going to space, but that's more of a goal than a plan. Maybe someday I'll build a robot that completely replaces me, so that I can just tend to my plants and play the piano like I did when I was a kid.”

And her advice for anyone new to making or building robots: “Find an idea you really like. Solve one problem at a time. Profit.”