"Once, when I was in the Louvre Museum in Paris, I asked a child to take a photo of us, but when I stepped away, the child ran away with my camera," he was quoted as saying.Ueda came up with the "extender stick" -- an extendable stick with a tripod screw that was designed for use with a new and small camera.

He added a mirror to the front of the camera, so that photographers could see exactly what they were doing. The extender was patented in 1983 but it didn't become a commercial success, as it was thought to be an "unnecessary" invention.And today, the same selfie sticks have become so popular they are being seen as a menace and being banned from museums, art galleries and conferences.

There's lots of knock-offs of my product that actually have my daughter's picture on the packaging," Fromm was quoted as saying.Fromm's product has sold well, but there are plenty of others profiting from it too, by producing cheap knock-offs. So many, in fact, that it is impossible to pursue them all."It's that you're actually creating something fun, useful or helpful for people. So, I'm happy that the world has embraced the selfie stick," he said.

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