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Simone Luna Louise Söderlund Giertz ( YETCH; Swedish: [jæʈʂ]; born 1 November 1990), better known as Simone Giertz, is a Swedish inventor, maker, robotics enthusiast, TV host, and professional YouTuber. She has also previously worked in MMA sports journalism, and as an editor for Sweden's official website Sweden.se.
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Hi! I’m Simone Swedeborn of House Giertz, the Queen of Shitty Robots, Breaker of Transistors, Mistress of Malfunction, Mother of Terrible Inventions. My family calls me Pim.

I'm really good at building really bad things. I spend my productive hours running a Youtube channel about shitty robots, hosting Tested, and figuring out how to attach stuff to stuff.

Simone Giertz

Simone Giertz

Simone Giertz
Simone Giertz presenting her robot that feeds her cereal, at the Palace of Fine Arts (Innovation Hangar) in San Francisco, 2016
Born Simone Luna Louise Söderlund Giertz[1]
(1990-11-01) 1 November 1990 (age 27)[1]
Residence San Francisco, California
Occupation Maker, robotics enthusiast, YouTube vlogger
Parent(s) Caroline Giertz
Website http://simonegiertz.com/

Simone Luna Louise Söderlund Giertz (/jɛ/ YETCH; Swedish: [jæʈʂ]; born 1 November 1990),[1] better known as Simone Giertz, is a Swedish inventor, maker, robotics enthusiast, TV host, and professional YouTuber.[2] She has also previously worked in MMA sports journalism, and as an editor for Sweden's official website Sweden.se.[3]


Giertz has named the Disney cartoon character Gyro Gearloose as one of her earliest inspirations. She studied engineering physics in college but dropped out after a year,[4] going on to study at Hyper Island in Stockholm, and took an interest in programming and robotics.[citation needed] Giertz's interest in electronics began in 2013; she made a toothbrush helmet for a children's show pilot episode on electronics, which was uploaded to YouTube after not being picked up, starting her YouTube career.[4]

Giertz brands herself as "the queen of shitty robots" and runs a YouTube channel where she employs deadpan humor to demonstrate mechanical robots of her own creation to automate everyday tasks; despite working from a purely mechanical standpoint, they often fall short of practical usefulness, for comic effect.[5] Giertz's creations have included an alarm clock that slaps the user,[6] a lipstick applier,[7] and one that shampoos the user's hair.[4] When building her robots, Giertz does not aim to make something useful, instead coming up with excessive solutions to potentially automatable situations.[8]

In 2016, Giertz joined Tested.com, collaborating with Adam Savage on her first project, the Popcorn Feeding Helmet.[9] In 2017, she hosted the comedy TV show Manick with Nisse Hallberg on Swedish TV6. The basic premise of the show is that the hosts invent funny creative solutions to everyday problems.

Family and personal life

As of July 2016, Giertz lives in San Francisco.[10]

The Giertz family surname is of Low German origin. She is the daughter of Caroline Giertz, novelist and TV host, who Giertz describes as a "ghostbuster" due to her mother's work on paranormal reality TV show Det Okända. Giertz is a descendant of Ericsson founder Lars Magnus Ericsson. [11] Lutheran theologian and bishop Bo Giertz was her great-great-uncle.[citation needed]

At the age of 16, Giertz spent a year in China as an exchange student. She stayed in Hefei, where she learned basic Mandarin. During her stay in China she also made an appearance on a Chinese sitcom called Huan Xi Long Xia Dang (Chinese: 欢喜龙虾档, the Happy Lobster Restaurant), where she played Catherine, an American girl who married a Chinese man. [12]

Giertz also briefly attended the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), studying Physics. [13]

  1. ^ a b c "Simone Söderlund Giertz fyller år den 1 November". Birthday.se (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 14 September 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Simone Giertz - YouTube". Archived from the original on 27 November 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  3. ^ Khan, Asif (3 March 2016). "Simone Giertz, The Patron Saint of Bad Robots". Inquisitr.com. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Godlewski, Nina (1 June 2016). "This self-taught engineer invents robots designed to fail hilariously at their jobs". Tech Insider. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Jamieson, Amber (17 March 2016). "Meet the queen of useless robots: 'The internet is a weird place'". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  6. ^ Nsubuga, Jimmy (15 November 2015). "New alarm clock wakes you up with a slap in the face". Metro. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Hannah Withers (7 January 2016). "This brilliant woman made a lipstick robot". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  8. ^ Rutkin, Aviva (22 March 2016). "The many reasons why we love useless robots". New Scientist. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Simone Giertz Joins "Tested," Builds Popcorn Feeding Helmet". Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  10. ^ "Got photo bombed by Neil deGrasse Tyson". Reddit. 23 July 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016. live in San Francisco since a couple of weeks back! 
  11. ^ "Simone Giertz: "The Making of Sh*tty Robots" - Talks at Google". YouTube. 
  12. ^ "THE WORST DAY OF MY LIFE: When I was on a Chinese sitcom". YouTube. Retrieved Jun 24, 2016. 
  13. ^ "LinkedIn Profile: Simone Giertz". LinkedIn. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 

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