I’ve written about my Omron pedometer once before, but I wanted to mention it again because I like it so much. Recent research suggests that using a pedometer can lead to more walking and better health.
I’ve been carrying a pedometer for a little over a year now, and I’ve done almost four million steps since starting to use it:
Just recently I finished a month where I did 10,000 steps or more every day. Once you start a streak of over 10K steps/day, it’s addictive to stay on the streak. In my opinion, a good pedometer is a secret weapon to get into better shape.
The only thing that would make this Omron pedometer perfect is if Omron would open or document their protocol so that Mac and Linux users could write their own pedometer software. At one point I started trying to reverse engineer the USB protocol myself using a program called SnoopyPro:
But really, who has the time to sit down and reverse engineer a whole USB device from scratch these days? It would be better if Omron would just document their protocol so other people could write a Linux/Mac driver.