The evolution of the selfie stick

Evolution of the selfie stick

This picture tells a thousand words.  It clearly shows the evolution of the selfie stick.   Chinese factories are releasing new selfie stick  models almost on a weekly basis.

The trend is clearly towards smaller more compact models that can be stored in a handbag or carried around in your pocket easily.

Selfie sticks

Evolution of the selfie stick

Working from left to right the picture above shows the oldest selfie stick model on the left and the newest on the right.  (These are not quite to scale)

Initial models were all black and silver, different colour handles were soon introduced to the basic model.  The next step was for the selfie stick clamp, that holds the camera, to fold in on itself. This resulted in a substantial shortening in length.  People soon discovered that smaller and more compact was far more practical to carry selfie sticks around.  Many people pack these in their luggage when travelling abroad so it was an obvious improvement.   In our opinion the newest selfie sticks are so short you may as well not use them.  The point of a selfie stick is to extend the camera away from yourself so that you can achieve interesting angles and include a bunch of friends.  Perhaps some would disagree on this point but one this is for sure, the selfie stick is here to stay.



To selfie stick, or not to selfie stick?

JULY 12, 2015 | 4:37 PM

It can be really challenging to squeeze your entire posse into the self-portrait you’re trying to snap with just an arm’s length between you and your camera or smartphone.

Hence the selfie stick — a revolutionary monopod that has transformed the self-portrait scene over the past few years by capitalizing on the continued rise in popularity of the “selfie” — defined as “an image of oneself, taken by oneself, using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks.”

Yes, “selfie” officially made it into Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary last year — the vocabulary equivalent of “making it big.”

But it’s not been all trending, going viral, and #awesome for selfie sticks.

Walt Disney World — aka “the Happiest Place On Earth” — recently rejected the trendy stick, banning it from all four theme parks in Florida, its two Disneyland parks in California, its water parks, and from Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disney.

Eric Olson, Iowa State University event management professor and former Disney employee, said he expects more venues and event organizers to follow suit. Like Des Moines’s AdVentureland, for example, which just this month banned selfie sticks in the park and Adventure Bay for “safety reasons.”

“I do think, in the industry, you are going to start seeing more of these bans,” Olson said. “And I think rightfully so.”

For starters, Olson said, the three-foot-long sticks pose safety threats. Disney first forbid selfie sticks only on bigger rides after some guests whipped them out while aboard, causing concerns for nearby riders and prompting operators to halt the attractions.

But then distraction concerns emerged as well for guests attending shows and parades near selfie-snapping stick users.

And the sticks got the ax.

Molly Vincent, AdVentureland spokeswoman, said the theme park didn’t see any selfie-stick injuries before instituting the ban July 3, although officials were worried they might. They did field some complaints from guests who had their views obstructed during shows and performances, however.

“People are using them and not paying attention to their surroundings … and people behind and around them are being disrupted,” Vincent said. “We want the best guest experience for everyone.”

AdVentureland didn’t initially ban selfie sticks because they weren’t seeing much use. But she said that has changed this season, and a “fair number of people” have tried to pull them out on thrill rides or during shows.

“So we decided to follow suit,” she said.

The Iowa State Fair, scheduled from Aug. 13 to 23, has not changed its selfie-stick policy — meaning they still are allowed. But fair spokeswoman Mindy Williamson said officials discussed it — along with other members of the International Association of Fairs and Expos.

“It’s on our radar for sure,” she said. “As popularity grows, I’m sure it will pop up more in conversations.”

Two sides

Musical festivals such as Coachella in California and Lollapalooza in Chicago announced selfie-stick bans for this year’s events.

But there are two sides to the selfie-stick debate, said Olson, who worked as an operations manager for Disney from 1999 to 2005 before landing at Iowa State.

Although they can be a distraction and a danger, Olson said, selfies and the sticks that enable them also can be a great way to promote a park or event — free — through social media use. The Des Moines Arts Festival, for example, had a selfie promotion.

“Word of mouth can be very beneficial,” Olson said. “A lot of festivals want to encourage the use of social media …. But the stick just presents a larger issue.”

As for psychological and societal implications and repercussions from the surge in selfies, ISU psychology professor Zlatan Krizan said, he thinks there are few. Sharing stories and experiences is an ancient practice, he said, even if methods and means have changed.

And taking photos of oneself — or at least getting in photos someone else is taking — has been a common practice for generations. It’s only now getting more attention thanks to the trendy “selfie” term, Krizan said.

Your Next Selfie Could tell you when you will die


Can a selfie reveal when you will die? New technology claims that analyzing a selfie can predict your life expectancy. Grab your camera selfie stick and try it out yourself!

Selfies are being taken every day, by everyone, and everywhere. They are a way to share with friends and document our daily lives. But now they might be considered a way of evaluating our life expectancy? Sounds crazy, but software developers from the University of Illinois at Chicago are claiming it really is

How long will she live?


Face My Age is a new website that allows you to upload a selfie and from it produces life expectancy results. How exactly does it work? The site’s program analyzes your selfie by looking at all sorts of

features- from wrinkles and crow’s feet to forehead lines to the size of your nose and other features. In addition, you are asked to answer some lifestyle questions such as drug habits, sun exposure, smoking habits, and marital status.

As a result, Face My age uses your responses and selfie to estimate your expected life span and remaining days on earth. This selfie tool will be used by most as a fun way of using a death predictor and of course as a change to take an extra selfie. But, the selfie submissions will also serve for Face My Age creators S. Jay Olshansky and Karl Ricanek Jr. to gather data on the connection between face age and mortality risk.

Grab your selfie stick and start snapping selfies!  Your camera monopod can help you figure out how long you will live, or at the very least you will have loads of fun playing around with your selfie camera stick!

Places that have banned selfie sticks

Places that have banned selfie sticks

 ‘Selfie sticks’ have now been banned at a French palace and a British museum, joining a growing list of global tourist attractions to take such measures. The devices are used to improve snapshots, but critics say they are obnoxious and potentially dangerous. Officials at Palace of Versailles outside Paris, and Britain’s National Gallery in London, announced the bans Wednesday, saying they need to protect artworks and other visitors.
Other places that have put limits on the selfie-stick craze:


Unlike Versailles, the Louvre and Centre Georges Pompidou art museums have not banned selfie sticks – yet. The Pompidou – the contemporary art museum whose exterior of colorful tubes and scaffolding looks like a building turned inside out – is studying what, if anything, needs to be done about the phenomenon, Le Monde reported.  Musee d’Orsay, which houses an Impressionist art collection, bans not just selfie sticks, but any photography whatsoever.


The Smithsonian museums in Washington banned selfie sticks last week. Cameras and pictures are still allowed, but selfie sticks, tripods and monopods are not. Smithsonian officials say this is a preventative measure to protect visitors and museum objects.  Other US museums that ban selfie sticks include the Art Institute of Chicago, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Vienna’s Albertina, one of the city’s top art museums, prohibits selfie sticks. Museum spokeswoman Sarah Wulbrandt says visitors must check-in the sticks before entering.

Besides the National Gallery, some English soccer teams have banned the selfie stick from their stadiums.


The National Portrait Gallery, adjacent to the National Gallery, says the sticks are allowed, but “anything that may prove disruptive is reviewed on an ongoing basis.” The British Museum is “currently reviewing” its selfie-stick policy.  If you go into an exhibition, surely the purpose is to see what is on show and not to take umpteen photographs of yourself?” said Bill Doig, a retired doctor visiting the National Portrait Gallery.


Soccer stadiums in the South American country have also banned selfie sticks because of their potential use as weapons in fights between rival fans, police say. Selfie sticks were also banned from Brazil’s recent Carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro.

Selfie stick gaining Popularity, despite bans

 The selfie stick is turning into a popular new tech trend for 2015, with the European summer travel season approaching popularity is sure to increase.

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Already tourists have noticed more people carrying the stick device in cities such as Venice and Paris. Some tourists have applauded how practical they are while others have had more negative reactions towards them.
The Selfie stick is a mono-pod used to take selfie photographs by positioning a smartphone or camera beyond the normal range of the arm. It’s quite simple; with the handle on one end and an adjustable clamp holding the phone on the other end, the clamp keeps the phone in place making sure it doesn’t drop.The Selfie stick is light weight making it easy to carry around and are compatible with smartphones such as  iOS 5.0 and Android 4.2.2.
Unfortunately, the number of locations and venues where you will be able to use the Selfie stick internationally seems to be shortening due to safety restrictions and inconvenience of visitors. Visitors will have to check first with venues before bringing along their Selfie stick.
The Selfie stick has been banned from some museums due to concerns about possible damage to art works. As well as some music festivals have banned them, most notably the Coachella music festival in Southern California. Despite the bans popularity for the device just keeps increasing. On your next trip with a large group of friends wouldn’t it be great to take a large group shot getting all your friends into one photograph. Your arms can only reach so far. The stick is great for epic hiking shots or for a stroll on a quiet beach.
Companies such as Nixon have jumped on the bandwagon. Known for their watches and accessory lines, Nixon have created there own Selfie stick called the N-MP001. The stick has been specifically designed to work with the company’s latest Coolpix pint and shoots. Carrying camera’s weighing up to 14 ounces.
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