A LONG time ago at the Detroit Maker Faire, I saw a guy selling an attachment for telescoping pole… this small block which would hold a small digital camera, and there was a lever and string attached that would allow him to take pictures from the top of the pole by pulling the string which would depress the shutter button on the camera…
It basically was a selfie stick, but could reach quite high. I’m sure this guy was a bit ahead of his time for inventing the selfie stick since back then camera phones weren’t really a thing yet… (Yes, a long time ago)
BUT what really interested me was one of the poles he was using to demo his little camera holder was mechanically advantaged self extending, allowing him to very quickly take the pole to it’s maximum length and then quickly bring it down back to him so he could show people the pictures he was taking.
I found this youtube video describing how I think such a pole would work:
The thing is I’ve looked for a pole like this ever since and I’ve never seen anything like it.
Has anyone seen anything like this or maybe know some magic keyword to search for… or at least confirm they’ve seen such a pole and I’m not crazy?