Great Cow BASIC CHIPINO (GCBC) Starter Kit
The best way to get started is with the Great Cow Basic Starter Kit. It includes everything you need to create your first program. Follow these simple steps below to get your Great Cow Basic CHIPINO running with your first program. There is nothing easier than this anywhere. No drivers to install. No software setup. Just copy the software to your computer, connect the USB cable to the computer and CHIPINO and you are ready to roll.
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USB Programmer Cable
Connect the programmer cable.
Connect the CHIPINO module to the programmer cable.
Blink LED Program
Load the blinkLED.gcb program into the GCB IDE.
That's it. Your Done.
That's all there was to getting the Great Cow Basic CHIPINO to work on your computer. Now you can load other sample programs or try out the Demo-Shield if you purchased the Deluxe starter kit or purchased the Demo-Shield separately. You can check out all the sample projects we've created at the Sample Projects page.
The Demo-Shield offers many common parts already soldered in place ready to go.
The Proto-Shield makes it easy to design your own shield or test out a circuit. All the CHIPINO pins are available at the headers so you can connect to the CHIPINO pins with simple jumper wires.
The LCD Shield makes it easy to display messages or even control the CHIPINO through a menu system. The LCD shield has input switches that you can read from one analog port. The LCD screen has 2 rows or 16 characters. You can use standard letters and numbers plus all the ASCII characters you see on a computer. You can even create custom characters to display.
The Battery-Shield uses for AAAA 1.5v cells to produce the 9 volts the CHIPINO needs to run. This shield makes the CHIPINO portable. It replaces the need for external power or power from the USB programmer cable. If you create a CHIPINO project that needs to be outside or away from a power source then this is a great way to power CHIPINO. You can also stack Battery-Shelds on top of each other to get a longer battery life.
The Relay Shield makes it easy to control external circuits that may need higher current than the CHIPINO can supply. The Relay Shield acts as an electronic switch that can turn on or off a circuit that runs up to 2 amps. This can be great for controlling a light bulb or small motor.
Sensor Robotics Shield
The Sensor Robotics Shield has all the CHIPINO pins connected to three pin headers. Each header has a 5v pin, a ground pin and a CHIPINO I/O pin. THere are many sensors that connect with just three pins so this shield makes that connection scheme much easier to implement.
You can also drive servo motors from the shield as they also use the three pin connection scheme. Combine sensors with servo motors and you can built a CHIPINO based robot.