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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:

France

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.

USA

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.

Austria

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.

Britain

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.

Brazil

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.
If you want to join the Selfie stick revolution you can grab Selfie sticks on www.gadgets.co.za