About Esben Nielsen (LittleSmartThings)

Founder of LittleSmartThings, developer, mailman and everything else really. After completing photojournalism at the Danish School of Journalism in 2007, I have been working at newspapers, TV and online media. I have a healthy interest of the technical side of photography and that brought me into areal photography and multirotor helicopters. I have allays developed a lot of the electronics my self, and around November 2011 I decided to put some of the designs into small scale production. LittleSmartThings was born.

Want to build drones? Little Smart Things is hiring

_88A1645_hiresThe last couple of months has been very busy here at Little Smart Things. The Cumulus One production is slowly ramping up, and we ship them just as fast. The Nimbo One is just getting ready for production, so we need help – maybe from you? We are hiring production personnel for our composites workshop.

It’s been an incredibly exiting, hard, frustrating, sleepless and fun journey. From idea til finished product in less than 18 months. The people at LIttle Smart Things has been hard at work, and the result makes me very proud. The Cumulus One does an autonomous vertical landing (that was a hard one), is hand launched and is to my knowledge the in the absolute top in terms of flight time. We are breaking the three hour barrier with this aircraft with a weight of just 1.4 – 2.0 kg.

This is possible be coUntitled-1urse of some very dedicated people, with a very healthy sense of creativity, tinkering and solid background knowledge.

And now we are in the fortunate situation that we need more good people to join us. Our aircraft is made from carbon fiber, kevlar and glass fiber. It’s amazing what you can do with these. So If you share my fascination then take a look at our jobs section! At Little Smart Things we take composites serious, and it’s not going to be boring. We promise!

Hope to hear from you!


We are finally ready! Take a sneak peek at our new UAV

Today was a very good day at Little Smart Things. In the past year we have gone from 1 to 11 employees, we moved to new spaces and got into the hurricane of UAV development. Today our first full UAV system is done, and we tested the full system for the first time.

FW1_01The plane is aimed at geo-mapping, environmental studies, agricultural surveys and other sensor applications. It flies well – very well, and everybody here is very proud. It’s aimed at 1.5 kg weight, but can easily manage 2.3 kg., and will fly at a leisurely pace at 50 km/h. We are especially happy with the flight time of over two hours!

We engineered this from the ground up for sensors. Everything from aerodynamics, fiber-work and electronics has been developed, tested, adjusted, remade and finally approved. The result is stunning!

This fantastic little bird can take the new Sony A7R into the air and do very detailed 3d mapping of an area of up to two square kilometer in one go. Another thing that make this a killer product is it’s landing! Check it out in the video. Enough of the talking, see it in action here:

We will do extensive testing in the weeks to come, and slowly ramp up production. We are eager to see this fly in as many places as possible, and we will publish pricing and pre-order options soon.
Feel free to ask us anything at esben@littlesmartthings.com, we’ll happily answer. As with our previous products we are very open-source and eager to have people join in on our development. Stay tuned for more soon!


The StratoSnapper now work with Black Magic

IMG_1358_NikonWe have confirmed that the LANC interface with Black Magic cameras does indeed work with the StratoSnapper2. We have had a lot of questions about this option, and we now have several positive responses. You just need to pick the right jack plug to go with your cam.

On a different note: We have been working very hard at Little Smart Things! We are now eight persons on board and in a few weeks we’ll be able to show you what we have been working on. Stay tuned for some serious flying experience :-)