Japanese Hiroshi Ueda invented the ‘Selfie Stick’ 30 years ago!
A former Minolta employee, Ueda created and patented in 1985 what he called as the ‘Telescopic Extender Stick’ which is basically a ‘selfie stick’ for a film camera according to BBC reports.
Ueda’s patent for the ‘Selfie Stick’ expired in 2003, 4 years before the iPhone and 10 years before the new ‘Selfie Stick’ became popular among smartphone users.
Ueda’s ‘Selfie Stick’ was a noble idea but what it lack then was the technology to make it more appealing to the public. For example, there’s no way showing a person shooting an 80s film camera what the photo would look like before taking a shot. One of his design did come with a front-facing mirror close to the lens but has proved to be hard to install and use.