thoughts from our world-class team

May 10, 2019 1:34 pm

Edge-AI in the Real World: Part 1

I think that people are the driving force of innovation, so we shouldn’t be “adapting” to it, but “driving” it. The first step is understanding how.

October 23, 2018 3:31 pm

The Case for Low-Code Development

To build successful, scalable cloud strategies, organizations need to define their needs early and understand the differences between the strategies.

August 30, 2018 2:53 pm

New Feature Live: Instant Deployments

With our newest feature, the nio Deploy tool, you can go right from designing your distributed system to deploying it. Learn more about how we are taking IoT tools to the next level.

August 1, 2018 1:30 pm

Innovating the Edge at Google Next ’18

It was an exciting week in San Francisco for our team as we were able to publicly share some of the innovations we have been working on and learn more about what’s happening in the industry.

June 28, 2018 2:51 pm

Visualize your data with Grafana

The flexibility of the nio platform allows you to use pretty much any visualization tool that you like. In this post, we will describe a solution using the open-source analytics platform Grafana.

May 25, 2018 9:05 am

A view from inside the Google booth at IoT World

Sharing the nio Platform with thousands of fellow IoT enthusiasts at IoT World 2018 was a thrill! Now, the niolabs team is looking forward to our next global event.

May 7, 2018 12:43 pm

Pubkeeper: A 21st century operator

We cornered a few of the creators of Pubkeeper (a niolabs patent pending product) and asked them a few questions about their clever communication connector.

April 12, 2018 9:40 am

Root access: start growing with nio

nio is the tool that enables distributed computing to be possible. Explore how nio enables this by following the local installation instructions and plant workshop.

March 20, 2018 1:41 pm

IoT: reimagining the edge webinar

Harbor Research hosted niolabs for a one hour webinar to “Reimagine the Edge” and discuss how the nio Platform is overcoming many of the challenges that are holding back enterprise IoT adoption.

January 30, 2018 3:52 pm

A Stripe and Xero integration

nio allows us to automatically sync transactions from Stripe to Xero with all of the necessary details included (sales amount, taxes, etc.).

December 19, 2017 3:23 pm

Build ideas: IoT #Christmas lights

With Christmas around the corner, I decided to get in the holiday spirit by decking the halls. Well, I didn’t deck the halls, but I did deck my desk.

November 21, 2017 10:45 am

Build ideas: Did I turn the stove off??

We’ve all been there (some much more than others) when this creeping voice in the back of your mind starts pestering you asking: “Did you turn off the stove?”

November 7, 2017 4:40 pm

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 4:18 pm

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 10:51 am

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 1:00 pm

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 6:30 am

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 10:18 am

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 14, 2017 9:55 am

Welcome to niolabs: IoT & AI Innovation

Welcome to niolabs the new platform for IoT & AI innovation. Previously nio, we have now come out of stealth with a new name and platform.

September 5, 2017 2:54 pm

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!

July 13, 2017 9:56 am

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 12:07 pm

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 10:51 am

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:].

June 30, 2017 5:00 am

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.

April 25, 2017 11:55 am

From blue tooth to farm hand

We were having a debate in the nio office yesterday. The thesis was pretty simple…does wearing a Bluetooth earpiece automatically make you a jackass?

April 5, 2017 3:06 pm

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?”

March 11, 2017 8:43 am

Ask me anything with the CEO of nio, Doug Standley

From his love affair with tech, to surfing the waves in Orange County, to being Dave Grohl’s biggest fanboy — here’s your chance to learn about the fearless leader of nio.

October 12, 2016 12:31 pm

nioAg trailer 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.

March 17, 2016 3:55 pm

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

July 23, 2015 1:12 pm

nio hurdles IoT obstacles

Sometimes it feels as if writers are writing directly to you, right? A recent piece from Fortune about the impact of the Internet of Things on business, sounded like it could be from our corporate diary, so we broke it down a bit and bulleted how nio fits squarely into the IoT revolution.