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First selfie stick appeared in 1980s

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  21 April 2015 12:00 AM GMT

London, April 20: Do you have any idea when the first selfie stick was invented? Well, it was invented in the 1980s by Hiroshi Ueda, who worked for the Minolta camera company at the time and was a keen photographer, BBC reported. “Once, when I was in the Louvre Museum in Paris, I asked a child to take a photo of us, but when I stepped away, the child ran away with my camera,” he was quoted as saying. Ueda came up with the “extender stick” — an extendable stick with a tripod screw that was designed for use with a new and small camera. He added a mirror to the front of the camera, so that photographers could see exactly what they were doing. The extender was patented in 1983 but it didn’t become a commercial success, as it was thought to be an “unnecessary” invention. And today, the same selfie sticks have become so popular they are being seen as a mece and being banned from museums, art galleries and conferences.

Cadian toy and gadget inventor Wayne Fromm likes to take the credit for the popularity of the selfie sticks. He developed the Quik Pod, a hand-held extendable selfie stick in the early 2000s. He was uware of Ueda’s earlier design, though he too came up with the idea during a European holiday. Fromm disclosed Ueda’s extender in his patent as “prior art”, but he believes the current selfie stick craze is a direct result of his own model. “It happened because of my work, and I can show a paper trail of that. There’s lots of knock-offs of my product that actually have my daughter’s picture on the packaging,” Fromm was quoted as saying. (IANS)

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