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Create an Internet of Things (IoT) recipe in Bluemix for your device

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All sorts of devices can participate in the Internet of Things by connecting to the IBM IoT Foundation.  There are several ready-made recipes for various sensors and devices which allow users to quickly connect and begin using the Bluemix IoT Foundation service. If you don’t have a device or if you just want to do a quick test without registering a device, you can use the Recipes – Internet of Things webpage to connect a device or create an app using the recipes or simulator.

Bluemix Internet of Things recipe

If we don’t have a specific recipe for your device, you can still register and connect your own device by following a few extra steps. New “recipes” can be created for IBM Bluemix IoT services which allow different devices to quickly connect. We are growing our ecosystem of partners and are happy to assist you:

  • If your device does not already support MQTT,  we can provide some guidance on how to get started implementing the libraries,
  • You can then contribute a recipe which IBM will host on the developer site,
  • You can also sign up to PartnerWorld with the new IoT category so that you are listed as an IBM IoT partner,
  • IBM has IoT labs where we are happy to showcase partners’ hardware.

A good recipe should be intuitive and easy to follow, allowing users to complete the recipe with minimal reference to other resources. Currently the IoT Foundation recipe website is managed by IBM, but in the near future, it will become a dynamic community-driven site where IBM, partners and third parties can contribute recipes and feedback. Until the dynamic site is available, IBM will work with you to get recipes hosted. If you are interested in contributing a recipe, please reply to this blog entry and we’ll go from there!

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