UX.FTT (LINK: www.uxftt.de) founder Esther Zahn is a Berlin-based fashion and e-textiles designer; she studied Fashion Design at Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin. She gained extensive experience in the area of FashionTech over the course of the past years. For instance, she developed flexible sensors to integrate into textiles in order to develop a range of musical garments. Moreover, she created garments with interwoven LED lights and textiles which glow in the dark or change their color when exposed to UV light or warmth. Her work is internationally acclaimed through a range of exhibitions, also in collaboration with the Goethe-Institute. Due to her specialization in the area of digital transformation of textiles and fashion, she was hired by renowned companies such as Siemens. The prestigious Bauhaus Dessau cooperated with Esther to develop interactive costumes based on wireless communication technologies for a dance performance. In 2016 Esther was honored for her innovative approach and achievements in the field of FashionTech by the Association of German Engineers (VDI). She is also one of the Scholarship holders from Designfarm Berlin – Design in Tech Accelerator Program (LINK:http://designfarmberlin.com/?portfolio-item=uxftt)
UX.FTT paves the way in the area of wearable electronics. The founder behind it, Esther Zahn, explores the integration of thin-film sensors into textiles. One of her recent developments is a musical garment. The soft sensor systems, however, can also be applied to control other objects and equipment to create smart environments, known as a smart home or a e-vehicle. As a fashion designer, Esther investigates and pushes the aesthetics of (soft) electronics further to a user-friendly and appealing way.