Scottish Company Launch Clever Selfie Stick For Events

If you’ve been close to a tourist attraction lately, you may have spotted someone posing—either on their own or with a group of friends—for a cameraphone attached to the end of a telescoping pole. The so-called “selfie stick” was first used by extreme sports fanatics, but in the past twelve months its use has developed, primarily among populations in east and southeast Asia.

In the last year, we've seen the worldwide popularity of selfie sticks skyrocket. Selfie sticks have become so in demand that several celebrities are even starting to use the phone holding gadgets.

Ever since the 2014 Oscars, when Bradley Cooper arranged a group selfie with Ellen Degeneres' phone, the selfie stick has gone global! But Bradley's selfie was a bit squished and even left some of the VIP's out. What a wasted opportunity. Well, not any more…

The thing is selfie sticks are going global, thanks in part to inexpensive components—and an inexhaustible appetite for self-portraits from a slightly better vantage point than the length of the human arm offers.

If you are completely anti the concept of the selfie stick or the selfie in general, you can stop reading now — not that it will help you avoid the coming tide. But if you're curious to know more about the exploding fad, or are even thinking about a purchase yourself, read on.

A selfie stick is a telescopic stick used to take selfie photographs by extending a smartphone or camera beyond the normal reach of the arm. The metal sticks are typically telescopic, with a handle on one end and an adjustable grip on the other end to hold a phone in place. Some have remote or Bluetooth built in, letting the user decide when to take the image, and models designed for cameras sometimes have a mirror behind the viewscreen so that the shot can be lined up.

They're inexpensive versions of what was once called a monopod (i.e. a tripod minus two legs), which expert photographers use to steady their cameras. The difference with selfie sticks is that they're specifically constructed to be held at arm's length to fit the wielder into the photo, and they normally—but don't always—come with a button to remotely trigger the shutter.

After researching the market and the plethora of selfie sticks out there, Scottish company OnlyBoom have manufactured their new model The Hugstick and launched it on Amazon.


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