Man who patented the selfie stick THIRTYYEARS ago - but won't make a penny from the millions being sold now男子30年前就申请了自拍神器的专利，但是他无法从现在的销售中获得一分钱
They have become one of the most irritatingaccessories carried by tourists in recent years, but it appears the selfiestick has been a nuisance for three decades.
Hiroshi Ueda, a photographer who worked asan engineer for camera company Minolta, claims that he first invented theselfie stick in the 1980s.
He said he came up with the idea afterstruggling to get pictures of himself and his wife together while they were inEurope.
After having his camera stolen by a child he asked to take their picture in theLouvre Museum in Paris, he dreamed up a solution - an extendable stick with atripod screw at the end.
The 'extender stick', as he called it, was designed for use with new compactcameras that were being developed at the time.
He added a mirror to the front of the camera so that photographers could seeexactly what they were doing.
Despite being patented in 1983, theextender stick failed to become a success - mainly due to the poor imagequality it captured.
Some 30 years later selfie sticks are nowhugely popular - used by narcissists and celebrities everywhere to captureimages of themselves in their surroundings.
They have become such a menace that manytourist venues, museums, concert venues and stadiums have banned them.
Perhaps ironically, Apple - the companythat could be blamed for kickstarting the selfie phenomenon by putting a cameraon the front of its phones in the first place - has also banned them from itsnext conference.
Modern versions of the extender stick allow a smartphone to be held aloft anduse a remote trigger to take the photograph or video.
Mr Ueda's patentran out in 2003, however, so he has not benefited from the recent boom.
Carrots,London, United Kingdom, 5 hours agoEverything was first invented in Japan inthe 1980s
PaulE, Norfolk, United Kingdom, 5 hours agoNooo, EVERYTHING was invented in America,every american knows that
AceLightning, Conestoga Hills, United States, 3 hours agoAmerica believes they invented the entireplanet, because their heads are so far up their asses. I, as Brit/American, saya lot happened in the rest of the world.
MarkD,Syracuse, 4 hours agoRoyalties. Pay the man.
SimonMason, Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom, 3 hours agoWhat is wrong with using a camera with aself timer? They've been around for years.
VincentT., Southhampton, United Kingdom, 4 hours agoPatents are nonsense.
RedRover,Denbighshire, United Kingdom, 1 hour agoPoor guy
JosieC,Inverness, United Kingdom, 3 hours agoMy parents took a selfie of themselves inthe 50's, well before it was all the craze! I have the photo.
Topof the Hill, Lalaland, Hong Kong, 28 minutes agoahead of his time...invented the car beforethe wheel