“Queen of sh*tty robots”: Inventor, robotics enthusiast, television host, and professional YouTuber
Swedish inventor Simone Giertz is an inventor, robotics enthusiast, television host, and operates her own YouTube Channel. Her life before this saw her work in MMA sports journalism and an editor at Sweden.se, Sweden’s official website.
Although Simone Giertz studies engineering physics at college, she dropped out after a year and went to study at Hyper Island in Stockholm. But it was her interest in programming and robotics that set her career. Her interest in the field began in 2013. Her toothbrush helmet for a children’s show, a pilot episode in electronics, was uploaded to YouTube. This saw the start of her YouTube Career
Simone Giertz branded ‘the queen of sh*tty robots’ by Reddit, took up this title with pride. These days she runs her YouTube channel and uses humour in demonstrating mechanical robots made by her for doing automated everyday tasks. These robots, often not practically useful, do offer a sense of comic effect.
Amongst her many creations, Simone Giertz includes an alarm clock that slaps the person using it, a robot that applies lipstick, and another that shampoos your hair. The aim of her robots is not to make something useful. Rather, she comes up with ideas that give excessive solutions to situations that could be automated.
Simone Giertz, in 2016, joined Tested.com. Her first project, with the collaboration of Adam Savage, was the Popcorn Feeding Helmet. She also went on, in 2017, to co-host the comedy TV show Manick on Swedish TV6.
But life has also had its downs for Simone Giertz. Diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumor in 2018, she handled this time in her life with humor, even talking about her progress on her YouTube channel. She has made a full recovery
Amongst her more recent creations, she counts turning her Tesla car into a small pickup truck and building a table out of matchsticks.
As a speaker, Simone Giertz talks about all things robot-related and why you should be creative and create, even if the end result is not considered useful. She also talks about how she handled the news when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and her road to recovery.
Although born in Sweden, Simone now lives in the USA and presents in English.