Download Great Cow Basic Software Here:
We created this GreatCowBasic.com Website to make it easier to download, install and get your first program running on a pre-designed open source hardware platform.
Note: You need to have Microsoft dotnet software installed to use the PICkit 2 programmer. If you don't have that you can download it here.
Open Source License
All GCBC files are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Great Cow BASIC CHIPINO (GCBC) Starter Kit
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.