Monday, December 7, 2015

Selfie Stick, Once Introduced as Japanese Useless Invention


I have learned that selfie stick was invented by Japanese inventors working at Minolta Camera (Current Konica Minolta ) and granted in the United States in 1985. Minolta commercialized this invention but didn't become popular. And it was introduced as a useless Japanese invention in a 1995 book. Camera was too heavy at that time. It was maybe too early to implement the idea.

Seems that Japanese companies are not good at spreading their technologies worldwide, even if they are good ones. I have been thinking it is a critical issue for Japanese companies. Maybe we can find other good ideas in old unused patents.

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