When the glute ham is too much, we can’t just keep them away from the floor
Posted On July 12, 2021
Developer A.S.R. Bhagwati says the most effective way to prevent children from falling into the wrong hands is to ensure that they can walk around and perform basic tasks.
He is one of the co-founders of the proximostalgic child development centre, which has been developing a device that will teach children how to walk with a stabilizing brace and assist them with other physical activities.
The device, called gluteham, has been in the development stage for several years and was launched in September.
Bhadu Bose, an employee at the centre, told Quartz that the device works by sending signals to the calf muscles.
This signals the calf to stop moving, but the calf still wants to move.
The calf is now in a neutral position, but can still do basic activities, like walking.
If the calf stays in this neutral position for a long time, the device can send the signal to the brain to say, “The calf is not ready to move anymore.”
Bhagwat said this allows the calf muscle to relax and become more responsive to the wearer’s signals.
“It allows the brain in the calf, which is part of the nervous system, to know whether the calf is ready to be moved,” he said.
The glute-ham is currently undergoing trials in a few localities in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
The researchers said that this device will be available in the next two years.
“The glute can also be used to teach other body parts like arms, legs, ankles, and feet, which are also important for the child,” Bhagwarati told Quartz.
This could help children learn to walk on a more regular basis, the researchers added.