Pedometer with digital map

Via Michael Keferl @CScout Japan, this Lap Around Japan Pedometer is a more complex version of a pedometer: the device counts your steps and also map out your virtual trip around the coast of Japan.

As described by CScout:

"The tiny (14×42×78mm) pedometer counts the total distance around Japan from the starting point you enter. As you make your way through the 18,880 km journey (11,731 miles), you can zoom in and get information about 1,258 local sights, history, and products. Kind of like a Wikipedometer for city walkers. the whole point is to be able to “travel around Japan” by commuting to work, a task that would take you about fifty years at a single kilometer per day. The concept itself is admirable, and is done in collaboration with the Japan Walking Association to encourage exercise."

Why do I blog this? I've always found pedometer curious as entry point but often limited in its usage of the output data. In that case, although the service is really simple (and the output as well), it's a bit more complex. It definitely shows a trend towards more complex visual representations of movement.