Designer Kathryn Parkes impressed everyone with her tap-dancing vending machine idea at Dublin Airport’s Honest Eats mini hack.

Earlier this year, some of the country’s most innovative designers, entrepreneurs and creators were tasked with creating amazing ideas as part of the Dublin Airport Honest Eats mini hack.

The event was a collaboration between Inspirefest and Marqette’s Future Factory hub, which experiments with and tests new products, services, solutions and initiatives with a futuristic slant.

And so, after hearing the three impressive pitches, the judging panel decided that Parkes’ Tap Tap station was the best in show.

Similar in style to a vending machine, the Tap Tap differs in that it also has a human-sized video screen containing a smiling Irish tap dancer.

Using pre-recorded video and some clever looping software, for all intents and purposes, it seems as if there is a person right beside you.


Words by Colm Gorey