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.

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 :-)


Got a StratoSnapper 1? Want a StratoSnapper 2? We’ll trade you!


We want to get everyone on-board with our new StratoSnapper 2. It offers a lot more functionality and room for future improvements.

So if you have a SS1: this is your chance to get the StratoSnapper2 for 39€ (20€ saved) All we ask is this:

  • We want the old one back. We’ll use it for free local arduino educational classes later this year.
  • We want a picture that it has helped take. We want bragging rights. You keep all other rights :-) We only ask that we can use it on a user photo page on our site for a limited time. We’ll also make a special wall in our office :-)
  • You buy the discounted StratoSnapper2 here.

What you do is this:
Buy the special discounted StratoSnapper2. Then send an email to sales@littlesmartthings.com with a photo that the SS1 has triggered. Please include a few words about the shot, and a name for the credit. Then put you old SS in an envelope and ship it to us. The moment we get it, we’ll ship you the new one.

This offer is valid until august 1st. 2013.

Happy flying!


Esben Nielsen