If you’re an electronics enthusiast you need to discover SparkFun Electronics. Then again, if you’re an electronics enthusiast you probably already have. For those of you who are unfamiliar, SparkFun Electronics is a web-based company that sells any electrical part you could possibly need to make pretty much anything. They have everything from kits to make Simon Says games, to your average capacitor, to missile switches (which is obviously what every project needs). Also, they were the first company to sell Arduinos, a line of micro-controllers. Basically, if you can dream up a project, SparkFun will have the products you need to make it happen.
Now, maybe you have a great idea, but do not know all that much about electronics. Never fear, SparkFun also offers classes as well as online tutorials to help you get started or even just get inspired. In general, SparkFun promotes creativity. They want their staff to be tinkerers, who are always producing new gadgets and they support artist and inventors by providing the tools to bring their ideas to life.
Now, all of this is great, but the icing on the cake is that SparkFun’s head quarters is located right here in Boulder and they would be happy to give you a tour (provided you call ahead). So go ahead, take a look, get inspired, and create with SparkFun Electronics.