selfie-stick guySelfie stick history

From our research it would appear that Toronto-based entrepreneur Wayne Fromm patented his version of a selfie stick called the Quick Pod back in 1995.

Here is Wikipedia’s history:

Selfie stick history

In 1983 the Minolata disc-7 had a curved mirror which allowed you to take a selfie. It’s packaging showed the Disc-7 mounted on a stick.

 A “telescopic extender” for compact handheld cameras was patented in U.S. in 1983,  and a Japanese selfie stick was featured in a 1995 book of 101 Un-Useless Japanese Inventions.  Canadian inventor Wayne Fromm patented his “Quik Pod” in 2005, and selfie sticks have been available in the United States since at least 2011. In stark contrast to the Japanese publication the product was listed in Time magazine’s 25 best inventions for 2014. 

Usage

The photographer attaches their cellphone or camera to the end of the selfie stick, raises it in front of themselves and presses a button on the stick handle which is connected to the camera, presses a button on a wireless remote, or uses the camera’s built-in timer to take a photo after a number of seconds have elapsed.

The selfie stick has been criticized by some for its association with the perceived narcissism of contemporary American society, with commentators in 2015 saying that “we are way too into ourselves” and dubbing the tool the “Narcisstick” or “Wand of Narcissus”. 

Restrictions

Restrictions on the use of selfie sticks have been imposed across a range of public venues generally on the grounds of safety and inconvenience to others.

Concerts

The Australian music festival Soundwave banned selfie sticks in 2015, citing their role in the “illegal recording” of bands’ sets, and the inconvenience and safety issues to fellow audience members.  Several concert venues in Australia have banned the audience’s use of selfie sticks. The U.S. music festivals Lollapalooza and Coachella have also banned them, as well as all Academy Music Group-operated venues in the United Kingdom. 

Museums and galleries

The sticks have been banned in some museums and galleries because of concerns about possible damage to art works and patrons as well as disruption to other visitors.  A ban is in place in major galleries in Australia, such as the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery,[16] and in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Gallery of Art,  and the 19 museums of the Smithsonian Institution complex in the United States.  On 11 March 2015, the National Gallery in London banned selfie sticks “in order to protect paintings, individual privacy and the overall visitor experience”.  The Palace of Versailles in France, and the Colosseum in Rome have also banned the sticks. 

Sporting events

In 2015 the sticks were banned from all but two premier league football grounds in the United Kingdom, after complaints from fans whose views were obscured. Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal Football Club, bans “any object that could be used as a weapon or could compromise public safety”, and regard selfie sticks as such an item.  They have also been banned in other sporting events including:

Telecommunications

In 2014, South Korea’s radio management agency issued guidelines for the sale of selfie sticks that use Bluetooth technology to trigger the camera, as any such device sold in South Korea is considered a “telecommunications device” and must be tested by and registered with the agency.  In 2015, computer company Apple Inc. banned them from a WWDC Developers Conference.  

Theme parks

Walt Disney World  in Florida and Tokyo Disney Resort in Chiba prohibit sticking items out of a moving vehicle on rides and attractions and have explicitly instructed park employees to enforce this rule for selfie sticks. Selfie sticks are, however, permitted elsewhere in the park.

 Selfie stick history by Wayne van der Walt