What is pedometer?

  • (noun): Measuring instrument for recording the number of steps taken in walking.


A pedometer is a device, usually portable and electronic or electromechanical, that counts each step a person takes by detecting the motion of the person's hips. Because the distance of each person's step varies, an informal calibration, performed by the user, is required if presentation of the distance covered in a unit of length (such as in kilometres or miles) is desired, though there are now pedometers that use electronics and software to automatically determine how a person's step varies.

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Pedometer - Integration in Personal Electronic Devices - Tractivity
... Tractivity is a group of health related services which include a sensor that is worn on a shoe ... The Tractivity sensor logs the distance a person walks or runs, the calories burned and the time the person was active ...
Sahara Desert Ant - Navigation Skills and Internal Pedometer - Pedometer
... The ant appears to use an internal pedometer to count its steps in a harsh environment where odors quickly vanish, enabling it to "count back" to its nest ...