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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.

December 7, 2017 4:33 pm

Artificial Intelligence, for and by real people

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.

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!

August 11, 2017 8:36 am

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 20, 2017 2:54 pm

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 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: stove.aaronranard.com)].

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.

June 22, 2017 4:35 pm

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!

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.

February 17, 2017 1:11 pm

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.

January 6, 2017 9:32 am

nio nerds New Year’s resolutions

This week we asked the nio team what their New Year’s resolutions were. As always, it’s weird. It’s funny. It totally kinda makes you love us.

December 16, 2016 10:42 am

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!

October 12, 2016 12:31 pm

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 13, 2016 8:32 am

Changing the face of precision ag

Do not pass go, do not collect $200 before you check out n.io/ag and register for our webcast panel, revealing our pilot application at Deep Sky Vineyard in Willcox, Arizona.

August 26, 2016 7:57 am

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 12, 2016 10:48 am

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

June 24, 2016 11:00 am

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 10, 2016 12:15 pm

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 12:54 pm

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

April 15, 2016 10:33 am

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 1:56 pm

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  

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

November 5, 2015 12:22 pm

nio & Raspberry Pi: We’re watching you!

So, whether it’s chalking up the deuce, carrying your stuffed lobster around (just watch the video..you’ll understand) or delivering packages – shout out to our trusty UPS delivery man, be sure to smile because you are on camera thanks to Raspberry Pi and nio!

August 18, 2015 2:38 pm

Picture this: nio and IIoT

The IIoT game is no joke! From design to architecture to putting together boxes for our industrial internet projects, we’re doing it all!

July 31, 2015 11:40 am

Getting to know nio

By now you’ve seen several of the awesome videos we have released ranging from in-depth software demonstrations to our journey in becoming a registered trademark but one thing dawned on us… you may not really KNOW us!

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.

July 15, 2015 9:57 am

We’re officially official!

We are so thrilled to announce that the n.io name and logo are OFFICIALLY registered trademarks!

July 1, 2015 4:55 pm

The interoperability of nio

You’ve seen us demo our nio software in many ways but today we want to show you just how interoperable nio is.

June 25, 2015 3:09 pm

nio-fying the internet

Using nio, we can listen, filter and enrich web content referencing ANYTHING having to do with a topic.. really, nio can see it all happen in true real-time. No delays here!

June 12, 2015 10:45 am

Hey IoT, beer me!

Think about it, what would a tech startup like us do without a fridge stocked with beer? Thanks to our nio software we won’t ever have to find out! One of the many things nio can do is send text and/or call alerts when our inventory is low, just imagine the possibilities!

May 28, 2015 2:52 pm

nio as an enabler of the industrial internet

nio is able to communicate to various PLCs and remote I/O units and any sensor communicating with nearly any protocol. This device agnosticism enables true communication between all types of industrial hardware.