The HERO is a derivative of “Arduino UNO R3 Reference design” we just changed up a few things to make it our own. If you’re curious about what goes into our HERO board we published the open-source hardware files on our GitHub.
I cascaded four SN74HC595 shift registers to control 32 LEDs on 4 registers using 3 wires. I am adding a I2C 20×4 LCD screen to display the register and led values. I might add a standard 16×2 LCD screen to show up it is done.