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