This is very much an OT post but I just thought I would share what I think is a really neat piece of technology from Apple and Nike. I walk a lot when I have time, the furthest I have walked non-stop so far is 27 miles, just one over a marathon when I think about it. This is on a beach path which starts effectively in Hermosa Beach CA and goes on for a good few miles North.
Recently I purchased a new pair of Nike running shoes, Shox Turbo V+ if anyone is interested. It turns out that equipped with a an iPod Nano and a sports pod created in partnership with Nike we can now get feedback on the time taken, distance ran or walked, the rate (how long it would take to walk a mile) and with some tweaking calories burned. The signal is shoe to a small dongle plugged into the Nano. In addition we can get spoken commentary as to the status of the run-walk at any time and of course also play music or videos, try not to walk off a cliff whilst watching videos though. There is also a website where we can then upload and store results and set goals etc.
I believe this to be a great use of technology; to produce something that hopefully encourages more exercise, which has to be a good thing.