Meet the Mphahleles, South African Twin sisters who invented digital X-ray glasses

Matlhogonolo and Masego Mphahlele

Meet The Mphahleles, South African twin sisters who invented digital X-ray glasses to facilitate a faster and more efficient service in the South African health care system

Matlhogonolo and Masego Mphahlele participated in the Redbull Basement Global Finals, an international event in Istanbul, Turkey meant to showcase how young students are disrupting their scenes in technology and other sectors, and they took third place beating 43 other students in technology with their Digital X-ray glasses.

The idea for their innovation originated from an experience with the South African healthcare system when their teammate got injured during a soccer game and had to wait for hours in pain before she could get an x-ray done. They realized there was a need for a smaller, faster, and more portable way to take X-rays than X-ray machines.

Matlhogonolo, in an interview with Tech, mentioned that she wanted to become an airplane pilot while her sister, Masego said she was studying to be a flight attendant.

The 22-year-olds, who were 19 when they came up with the invention, said they hope to inspire young girls to actively pursue creating scientific and technological innovations.

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