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Hiroshi Ueda

Inventor of Selfie Stick

They have become one of the most irritating accessories carried by tourists in recent years, but it appears the selfie stick has been a nuisance for three decades.

Hiroshi Ueda, a photographer who worked as an engineer for camera company Minolta, claims that he first invented the selfie stick in the 1980s.

He said he came up with the idea after struggling to get pictures of himself and his wife together while they were in Europe.

Hiroshi Ueda, holding his extender stick for taking ‘selfies’ which he patented in 1983 while working for Minolta

After having his camera stolen by a child he asked to take their picture in the Louvre Museum in Paris, he dreamed up a solution – an extendable stick with a tripod screw at the end.

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