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November 7, 2017

Smart city and safety first

After multiple near miss collisions with peeps and doggos at a busy hallway intersection, I decided that a safe, and efficient way to establish the right of way was necessary.

November 2, 2017

Bringing Intercom to the physical world

We live in a world where innovation happens on the daily and new technology trends affect our everyday lives. These days we rely heavily on technology and when something breaks or stops working it could potentially result in huge losses for a company or individual. Fast and effective customer support is vital!

October 24, 2017

Build ideas: Smart plant alerts

Using nio, I set up my desk plant (aka Keanu Leaves) to Tweet me when it needs water. Using a Raspberry Pi 3 and a soil moisture sensor, nio sends a tweet mentioning me whenever it’s time to water my plant.

October 22, 2017

Baking nio into a Raspberry Pi

This blog will walk you through all of the steps needed to set up a Raspberry Pi. There are also instructions for installing nio once your Pi is up and running for your own project inspirations!

October 15, 2017

Build ideas: Automated carpool and traffic alerts

This blog will show you how to make carpooling easier using the nio platform. Learn how to send a message using Slack and GPS coordinates to the person you are picking up and have an automated traffic report delivered to the co-pilot from Google Maps.

October 6, 2017

Build ideas: The nio Blind-o-matic

Using the nio platform and less than $40 worth of materials, you can make automated blinds. This system combines real-time sensor data from a UV sensor to control a servo attached to the blinds.

September 5, 2017

The summer intern

I was a summer intern…and it was a game changer. From facial recognition to tinkering with toy dart guns to counting coffee consumption — I DID IT ALL!

August 25, 2017

nio Board: The toy that got away!

TGIF! Time for Community Board! This week we’re talking about the one that got away. The toy that got away. Enjoy this walk down memory lane with the nio nerds!

August 18, 2017

Ask me anything: Drew

Welcome back to our “Ask Me Anything” segment!
Periodically, we put a nio team member in the “hot seat” where other members of our staff can ask that person anything they want and we get it all on camera!

August 11, 2017

nio Board: What have you invented?

In case you’re new to this, every other Monday we ask the team at the Colorado HQ a random question and make a fun, often times super awkward, video about it. Wanna join in?

July 28, 2017

Ask me anything: Kylie

Up this week is software developer, Kylie Dale! Kylie migrated from Northern California to attend CU Boulder, which eventually led her to joining the nio nerd herd.

July 20, 2017

nio Board: Life without a smartphone

How did we live without Google in the palm of our hands? How did we go to the bathroom? How did cargo shorts go out of style? How did Jenny find the bus? The nerds had a lot to talk about, and if you stay till the end- Trish delivers a solid Chris Farley impression! Enjoy.

July 20, 2017

Ask me anything: Chris

Up this week is software extraordinaire, Chris! Originally from California, Chris doesn’t miss the ocean one bit and welcomes the snow with open arms. Cats, beer and Casa Bonita- Colorado has it all!

July 14, 2017

nio Board: Keeping cool

So, this week as the mercury continues to climb and the AC unit starts playing games, we asked the nio nerds what they do to keep cool during an air conditioning crisis.

July 13, 2017

nio + Nerf + Raspberry Pi, oh my!

The nerds on the net can’t seem to get enough of the automated nerf gun turret with facial recognition!
So, we grabbed in-house nio nerd Tyler to break it down one more time. From the materials you probably already have, to the hardware you’re gonna need, but most importantly – the software that makes it happen!

July 7, 2017

2017 nio Hackathon: Writing music with nio

At nio we have our fair share of amateur musicians and die-hard fans. Two of our talented engineers, Dylan and Trisha, combined their musical fandom and the power of the nio platform to build an awesome audio processing app. The vision for the app is to enable performers of all types to record and visualize … Continued

July 6, 2017

2017 nio Hackathon winners

The friendly competition yielded some incredible innovations from the nio nerds. Like an app that records your guitar notes in real time as you play. Or a punching bag that determines who hits the hardest in the office. Or nio simply letting you know if you left your oven on [and its current temperature (if you would like to check in-house nerd Double A Ron’s current stove top temp please visit: stove.aaronranard.com)].

June 30, 2017

2017 Hackathon preview

This week at nio- we’ve set the nerds free! Armed with the nio software platform, duct tape, and an unlimited imagination here is a look at what they’ve have been up to.

June 27, 2017

Ask me anything: Trisha

Up this week, Trisha! Self described pixel princess who doesn’t care for craft beer. Or “hippy beer” as she refers to it.

June 22, 2017

nio Board: Dogs!

This week we’re talking tail-waggers because today is Take Your Dog to Work Day! It’s the best day of the year!

June 1, 2017

Ask me anything: Andrew

Up this week, Andrew! Here’s a little background: he’s into onesies, loves chicken and is a fan of Chewbacca.

April 25, 2017

Ask me anything: Jake

In the hot seat this time around is our resident ginger, Jake! From his love of Lion King and LeBron James, to his real nerdy habits, you won’t want to miss this!

April 14, 2017

nio Board: Describe a memory you’d like to forget in 5 words or less

We took a quick break for a few weeks because after all, we are making shit happen over here – you know, changing the world and stuff. Don’t worry though, we are back with another one of our beloved Friday videos just in time for you to get those LOLs out! This week, we asked our team of nio nerds to “describe a memory you’d like to forget in 5 words or less.” And we learned that our team is even weirder than we thought…

April 5, 2017

When will IoT become predominant?

“When will IoT become predominant? In what form/firms will the hyper connected everything effect the average consumer on day/day basis? Where does nio fit in the development of the #4thindustrialrevolution?”

February 17, 2017

Nerdy sandwich talk

Sometimes, the nio team needs to take a brief hiatus from building world-changing technology, and needs discuss some broader, unresolved philosophical issues. Like “What *is* a sandwich?” Here to give you the 411 are James and Andrew.

February 10, 2017

Modern day commandments from the book of nio

This week we asked our team of nio nerds, “if there were a book of commandments for the modern world, what would some of the rules be?” So we present to you you the modern day commandments from the book of nio!

December 16, 2016

Workout tips from the nio nerds

This week, our team is supplying you with some…hmm…what’s the word…interesting workout tips. From shake weights, to 90’s dance, to margaritas..yes, you ready that correctly..we’ve got you covered!

December 9, 2016

nio Board: If your pet could talk…

It’s no secret that here at n.io we are huge animal lovers. Fine, we’re actually animal FREAKS. We literally have a shrine to our n.io pets at our Colorado offices. You know that movie “Must Love Dogs”? Well, we live that every single day.

November 28, 2016

Ask me anything: James

Here’s a little intro to James: he prefers to kick it in his socks, he follows a Predatarian diet and he once had a bob haircut (picture Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

October 28, 2016

nio Board: Andy’s takeover

With our broadcaster extraordinaire, Kaitlin, getting her wisdom teeth yanked out of her face today we decided to let n.io nerd, Andy, fill in.

October 26, 2016

Ask me anything: Blake

Here’s a little intro to Blake: at any given time he is ready to eat Chipotle, he just got engaged, he definitely shouldn’t quit his day job to become a rapper and he has the inside scoop on In-N-Out!

October 21, 2016

nio Board: Dating advice

This week we asked the team to offer up some dating tips and advice and the answers didn’t disappoint. From hilarious to awkward, silly to scary, check out what genius ideas our team is offering up to you all!

October 14, 2016

nio Board: What kind of business would you open?

This week we asked our n.io nerds what kind of business would they open….aside from working at n.io, of course! Check out their hilarious answers in this video. We have quite the wide array of interests here!

October 12, 2016

nioAg trailer

n.io is the master operating platform for monitoring, control, & automation – delivering a benchmark precision agriculture solution that facilitates a conversation between the farmer and their farm.

September 29, 2016

Ask me anything: Lilly

Here’s a little intro to Lilly: she is one of our designers, loves Cheetos and can rap like an effin’ champ!

September 23, 2016

nio Nerds share advice from their parents

This week we asked our team to share advice that they had received from their parents. Some is loving and helpful while others are..well, unfortunate. Be sure to watch until the end of the video though when n.io Co-Founder, Matt, experiences what fall in Colorado is all about.

September 8, 2016

Ask me anything: Matt D.

Here’s a little intro to Matt: he can divide any number by seven, is a non-gaming nerd and LOVES Dodgers baseball!

August 26, 2016

nio Board: When was the last time you geeked out?

In case you haven’t noticed, Fridays are kind of a big deal around here and by now you should know the drill, each Monday we ask our nio employees different questions and post their answers on the community board at our Colorado office. Let’s face it, everybody already knew we were big ol’ weirdos so … Continued

August 24, 2016

Ask me anything: Alexa

Welcome to Ask Me Anything! In an effort to share even more about our stealthy selves, we’ve created this fun aspect of nio so you can learn about our badass team. Periodically, we will put a team member in the “hot seat” where other members of our staff can ask that person anything they want. … Continued

August 12, 2016

nio Board: What do you do that’s old school?

The BEST day of the week is finally here…it’s FriYAY and we’re taking it back old school. Here’s the scoop, each Monday at our Colorado nio office, we ask our team certain random questions and then we make epic videos that are probably a bit awkward and weird but most certainly funny. This week is … Continued

August 5, 2016

nio Board: What gives you road rage?

Disclaimer: This video is NSFW due to the many f bombs that are dropped! Anyway.. Nobody does TGIF like nio and around here we get started pretty damn early. Each Monday we ask our team certain random questions and then we make epic videos that are probably a bit awkward and weird but most certainly funny. … Continued

August 4, 2016

Ask me anything: Patrick

Welcome to Ask Me Anything! In an effort to share even more about our stealthy selves, we’ve created this fun aspect of nio so you can learn about our badass team. Periodically, we will put a team member in the “hot seat” where other members of our staff can ask that person anything they want. … Continued

July 27, 2016

Ask me anything: Jenny

In an effort to share even more about our stealthy selves, we’ve created this fun aspect of nio so you can learn about our badass team. Periodically, we will put a team member in the “hot seat” where other members of our staff can ask that person anything they want. Then, that person sits in … Continued

July 22, 2016

nio Board: Music group aspirations

It’s Friday and we’re talking music group aspirations! So in case you haven’t noticed, Fridays are kind of a big deal around here and by now you should know the drill..each Monday we ask our nio employees different questions and post their answers on the community board at our Colorado office. This week we felt … Continued

July 15, 2016

nio Board: Fondest childhood memory

Nobody does TGIF like nio and around here we get started pretty damn early. Each Monday we ask our team certain random questions and then we make epic videos that are probably a bit awkward and weird but most certainly funny. This week is just like any other! Up this week? Childhood memories, what we … Continued

July 8, 2016

nio Board: Slacking off at its best

You’re probably expecting another video featuring the best answers from this week’s nio community board..well that’s not happening. Apparently, our team was still riding the holiday weekend wave because participation this week was WEAK SAUCE!! So instead, we asked them why they were slacking and their answers were truly ridiculous, honest & hilarious.

June 24, 2016

nio Board: nio-nerds choose how they would die

It’s Friday and we’re back with a rather dramatic community board video..and our nio-nerds got real creative, to say the least. So in case you haven’t noticed, Fridays are kind of a big deal around here and by now you should know the drill..each Monday we ask our nio employees different questions and post their … Continued

June 17, 2016

nio Board: What doesn’t make sense to you?

In case you haven’t noticed, Fridays are kind of a big deal around here and by now you should know the drill..each Monday we ask our nio employees different questions and post their ridiculous answers on the community board at our Colorado office. Topics for this week include: what doesn’t make sense to you, what … Continued

June 10, 2016

nio Board: What is nio?

Alright, by now you should know the drill, each Monday we ask our nio employees different questions and post their answers on the community board at our Colorado office, then we make a video about it. From funny to serious, with a few curse words thrown in for good measure, we’re breaking the mold today … Continued

June 3, 2016

nio Board: Theme songs & job titles

In case you haven’t noticed, Fridays are kind of a big deal around here, so much so that maybe we should come up with our own theme song! By now you should know the drill, each Monday we ask our nio employees different questions and post their answers on the community board at our Colorado … Continued

May 20, 2016

nio Board: Ambush style!

TGIF! We decided to take a different approach to this week’s community board video..it just felt like a good time to ambush our team members..so we did and it turned out REAL funny! So take a break from watching our tech videos and get to know some of our team. Today we bring you the … Continued

May 13, 2016

nio Board: What makes you say no thanks!

Are you ready for a SERIOUS LOL break?! Don’t even think about saying, “No Thanks!” Honestly, we wait all freaking week for this day to come so we can share more hilariousness from the community board in our Colorado office. Each week we ask questions to our team members and as time keeps telling…we’ve got … Continued

April 22, 2016

nio Board: Most outrageous thing you’ve done for money

Oh, Friday, how we love thee. Who are we kidding? We wait all freaking week for this day to come so we can share more hilariousness and outrageous answers from the community board in our Colorado office. Each week we take a break from mind-blowing tech awesomeness to ask questions to our team members and as time … Continued

April 15, 2016

nio Board: Stupidest purchases

Welcome back and Happy Friday! It’s time to celebrate all of your hard work this week with a nio-fied LOL break! As per usual, we are back with another hilarious video from our Colorado office community board. This week’s topic? Stupidest purchases, when we are hard to deal with and more! P.S. Can you figure … Continued

April 11, 2016

Interning the nio way!

Meet Kylie, nio’s intern! Today we sat down with Kylie and asked her what she finds exciting about the hands-on nature of her internship here at nio. Sounds pretty exciting right? Maybe you should join us, too! niolabs.com/careers  

April 8, 2016

nio Board: What makes you nervous?

It’s Friday and you know what that means, it’s time to celebrate all of your hard work this week with a nio-fied LOL break. As per usual, we are back with another hilarious video from our Colorado office community board but we’ve changed it up to keep those laughs rolling. This weeks topics? What makes … Continued

April 1, 2016

nio: The confessional

It’s Friday and you know what that means, it’s time to celebrate all of your hard work this week with a LOL break. As per usual, we are back with another hilarious video from our Colorado office community board, but we’ve changed it up again to show you even more behind the scenes fun form … Continued

March 25, 2016

nio Board: Pro wrestler names & backseat drivers

It’s Friday and you know what that means, it’s time to celebrate all of your hard work this week with a LOL break. As per usual, we are back with another hilarious video from our Colorado office community board but we’ve changed it up to keep those laughs rolling. This weeks topics? Backseat drivers, favorite … Continued

March 18, 2016

nio Board: Recess & life skills

It’s Friday again and it’s only fair that we stick with tradition and bring you another LOL-worthy video! You know the drill, each Monday we ask our nio employees different questions and post their answers on the community board at our Colorado office. We’re taking a break from our tech videos to show you what honest, … Continued

March 17, 2016

nio-fying precision ag

What do GoPro and the Internet of Things have in common? Absolutely NOTHING but here at nio it can have everything in common. Today we’re coming at you with over 12,000 pics taken via GoPro within 5 days of us preparing for our precision agriculture project out in Willcox, Arizona at Deep Sky Vineyard. Smart farm? … Continued

March 4, 2016

nio Board: Childish antics & funny advice

Around here Friday is a pretty big deal. We’ve worked hard, we’re making history, we’re adding to our team so what better way to celebrate than by taking a couple minutes out of our day to laugh..and hash out our favorite childish antics! You know the drill, each Monday we ask our nio employees different … Continued

February 26, 2016

nio Board: Favorite smells & unsolicited advice

It’s Friday, Friday, Friday! If you know what’s good for you, you’ll watch this video..oh, you don’t like unsolicited advice? Too bad! You know the drill, each Monday we ask our nio employees different questions and post their answers on the community board at our Colorado office. We’re taking a break from our tech videos … Continued

February 12, 2016

Twitter cap? As if! We’re powered by nio!

As we examined earlier this week, the Twitter cap during the Super Bowl last week was a total bummer! Today, we’re back with a demo video on how our nio software worked around Twitter’s streaming API cap. With custom blocks, nio was able to view each and every tweet in real-time. Check out this demo and … Continued

February 12, 2016

nio Board: I’m at my funniest when..

With a team like ours, we can easily say that we’re at our funniest 24/7! You know the drill, each Monday we ask our nio employees different questions and post their answers on the community board at our Colorado office. Today we’re taking a break from our tech videos to show you what honest, awkward … Continued

February 8, 2016

Super Bowl 50 on Twitter

Did you tune in to Super Bowl 50 for the football or for the halftime show? According to our WTF Twitter project (Part one is here), the halftime show featuring Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars was far and away the most tweetable portion of Super Sunday. Check out our proof!

February 5, 2016

nio Board: Gym annoyances & embarrassing dates

We’re back with another highly amusing video from our community board! And just in case you didn’t make it to the gym this morning, you’ll be sure to feel the burn from all the LOLs! You know the drill, each Monday we ask our nio employees different questions and post their answers on the community … Continued

January 29, 2016

nio Board: Favorite pick-up lines

Just in time for your weekend..get ready for some primo pick up lines featured in this week’s video! You know the drill, each Monday we ask our nio employees different questions and post their answers on the community board at our Colorado office. Today we’re taking a break from our tech videos to show you … Continued

January 22, 2016

nio Board: Breakfast & quirkiest traits

TGIF! Please note that you will definitely be hungry for breakfast after seeing this video… You know the drill, each Monday we ask our nio employees different questions and post their answers on the community board at our Colorado office. Today we’re taking a break from our tech videos to show you what honest, awkward … Continued

January 15, 2016

nio Board: Eye-rolling & farm animals

Happy Friday! Now that the work week is almost over, the eye-rolling (Hint: theme for this week’s board) can begin to subside! You know the drill, each Monday we ask our nio employees different questions and post their answers on the community board at our Colorado office. Today we’re taking a break from our tech … Continued

January 8, 2016

nio Board: Secrets to a good life

Welcome back to more Friday shenanigans! You know the drill, each Monday we ask our nio employees different questions and post their answers on the community board at our Colorado office. Today we’re taking a break from our tech videos to show you what honest, awkward and down right hilarious answers our staff comes up … Continued

January 1, 2016

nio Board: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the nio Team! With it being the first day of 2016, we wanted to kick it off in our typical LOL-worthy way. From resolutions to cargo shorts – shake off that hangover by laughing with us! We’re curious though, what would YOUR answers be? Check it out and be sure to … Continued

December 23, 2015

nio Board: Holiday edition

Happy Holidays! We’re coming at you a little early this week, because on Friday, we’ll be too busy geeking out over all of the RAD tech presents under the tree! You know the drill, each Monday we ask our nio employees different questions and post their answers on the community board at our Colorado office. … Continued

December 18, 2015

nio Board: Rockstars, dreams & public embarrassment

Another Friday means more LOLs from our fun-loving, wannabe rockstars staff! You know the drill, each Monday we ask our nio employees different questions and post their answers on the community board at our Colorado office. Today we’re taking a break from our tech videos to show you what honest, awkward and down right hilarious … Continued