“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”
– Bertrand Russell
It happened. When I first saw it I said to myself: “That’s so stupid I bet it’ll work. But, I’m not gonna get one.”
Well, guess who’s eating his words? Yup. Me.
The selfie stick was one of those “Yeah, I get the problem. Is that really the best solution we can come up with?”-inventions for me.
I tried to find ways to get around it myself and finally accepted defeat. Yes, this was apparently the best solution for this particular problem. Until we install drone technology into our smartphones that is.
It got me thinking about all the times I’ve said similar things. “That’s stupid, I’m never getting that” and a couple of months later I say: “Screw it, I’m sold.”
To be honest, I’m happy that I’m not so stubborn that I can’t change my mind. At the same time, I feel like I don’t want to be the guy who dismisses things in that way.
Lately I’ve been excluding “That’s stupid” as an argument. So what? Looking back I’ve received my fair share of “TS”:s for ideas and they’ve turned out great.
Nothing is completely original so I started researching the so called “selfie stick” because I remember seeing something similar in an 80’s cartoon or something as a kid.
Turns out there’s a guy (Wayne Fromm) who patented it in 2005. He’s now suing companies left and right for infringement.
However, while working for Minolta, Hiroshi Ueda patented the “telescopic extender for supporting compact camera” back in 1983. The patent ran out in 2002.
But the first time it was recorded was in a photography from 1925. Shortly after getting married Arnold & Helen Hogg soon took the historic photo below.
It took 90 years before the concept got traction.
It took the invention of the smartphone (something Nikola Tesla envisioned back in 1901) to be invented before there was a widespread market for this stick.
While we need to have a vision for the future we also need to take into account the limits of our time. Maybe the technology isn’t there yet. What’s missing from the equation? Explore. Find out.
How many times have you had this happen? That you’ve said to yourself that you’d never do this or buy that? What finally tipped you over?
Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.
Have a kick-ass ₢eative day!