In the last few years, open source hardware grew from an obscure hobby into a burgeoning movement. Although it initially referred mostly to electronic devices, it now includes creations as diverse as houses, cars, tractors, manufacturing machinery, reactive garments, scientific instruments, and toys. The application of the open source model to physical artifacts is facilitated by a drop in cost of machines that convert bits into atoms and atoms into bits: 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC mills, and 3D scanners.
Terms such as the "Internet of Things", "Cyber-physical Systems" or "Industry 4.0" refer to different aspects of a new industrial revolution that is well underway. The first industrial revolution began about 250 years ago in the Western world and it changed society for good - for better or worse. The result of the new industrial revolution will change the industrial landscape beyond recognition. The all pervasive connectivity of the Internet of Things, for instance, will make current industry segments disappear.
2014 will mark the tenth year since the creation of the Eclipse Foundation. Eclipse has enjoyed years of great community, great technology and significant impact in the software industry. Eclipse has also evolved from being the Java IDE to being a community of open source projects that span a wide variety of industries and technologies. As we head into our next decade it is time to reflect on what is the potential for the Eclipse community.