The Selfie Stick Was Invented Back In The 1980s
Did you know that the selfie stick was actually invented back in the 1980s? The concept didn’t take off until Bluetooth-enabled smartphone cameras in recent years, but the concept has been around for decades now.
BBC News writes that the original inventor of the selfie stick was a Japanese man named Hiroshi Ueda, who worked for the Minolta camera company.
After being frustrated with the photo skills of passers-by ruining his vacation memories — remember, this is in the days of film photography — Ueda decided to use his engineering skills to take things in his own hands, literally.
He ended up creating an “extender stick,” which was a metal, extendable stick with a tripod screw on which he mounted a compact camera with a mirror attached to the front.
Here you can see a photo Ueda holding his invention, and another one photo which was captured with the selfie stick.
Ueda filed a patent for the invention in 1983, and it was published by the US patent office in 1985. The document was titled “Telescopic extender for supporting compact camera.”