Offering a whole new way of teaching children, the Irish start-up Tip Tap Tap is taking boring ‘dumb’ school desks and, with the help of internet of things (IoT) technology, is turning them into interactive workstations.

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Based out of the Nimbus Centre in Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), Tip Tap Tap have been exploring the possibility of shaking things up in classrooms that, for decades, have not changed the way in which subjects are taught.

While interactive whiteboards are gradually replacing old chalk blackboards, the school desk remained an area that technological advancement had yet to touch, despite the fact that a student spends most of their school day gazing at its top.

Speaking to, Tip Tap Tap’s CEO, Stephen Collins, explains the concept of the company’s smart desk.

Words by Colm Gorey

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