iPad Survives 100,000 Foot Fall With G-Form Case

By , Jan 6, 2012

Until last year, G-Form was known for its extreme sports protective gear (elbow/knee pads). Then it introduced the Extreme Sleeve case for iPad, and it is now known for making one of the most durable tablet cases around.

The company has gone through great lengths to demonstrate the Sleeve’s toughness, dropping a bowling ball on an iPad wrapped in the case, and even hurling one from an airplane. And now it’s taken things to a whole new level…

The folks at G-Form have upped the anti with their latest promo video. Using a weather balloon, they’ve managed to launch an iPad into space wrapped in one of G-Form’s new Extreme Edge cases, only to have it free-fall a staggering 100,000 ft.

Did it survive? Watch:

G-Form’s VP of innovations, Thom Cafaro, explains the unusual stunt:

“As far as we know, this is the first iPad ever in space. And definitely it’s the first ipad that’s ever free-fallen from space and survived to play more movies. We are usually known for making the most protective gear on the planet, so we decided why not raise the bar to off the planet too.”

You can find the Extreme Edge and other durable tablet cases in G-Form’s online store.

[9to5Mac]

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  • Anonymous

    That iPad must have felt honoured to be the first iPad to fly to space on a balloon. hehehe.

  • Dan

    This is perfect for me, often when I am taking strolls above the stratosphere, I get distracted and drop my iPad. These things get expensive…

    • Anonymous

      Hahaha

  • Anonymous

    i could be extremely cynical by suggesting there were too many cut edits to the clip to ‘prove’ when they found the device that it was the same as what was sent up, it should’ve been seemlessly presented, also pretty lucky it didnt land display side down on a rock… :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/djfrek Frék Hannickel

    Forget The iPad, i will buy this indestructible camera!

    • Anonymous

      a GoPro HD by the looks of it :)

  • http://rob53.myopenid.com/ Robert

    The edge of space is around 62 miles. 100K feet is just short of 19 miles. The temperature at this altitude would be around -130ºF, way outside the operating temperature on an iPad. Without a proper enclosure to protect against moisture, the iPad would collect moisture on the way up, that moisture would freeze, expanding and possibly cracking the case, then leaking moisture inside the case. The burst balloon would have acted as a drag, reducing it’s speed so it wouldn’t have reached terminal velocity. I’m still impressed that the camera kept working the entire time. I’ll accept this event as real but wonder whether the case provided the extra safety or they just got lucky with how it fell. They were in a desert so not too many rocks or trees. It’s obvious the iPad didn’t hit anything on its display.

    Overall, it looks like a case the military should pay way too much for.

  • http://twitter.com/ConcreteFibers CoMar Enterprises

    I agree with others, this says more about the Go Cam than the Gcase.

  • akshay babbar

    Watching space was more exciting actually… :P anyways nice effort :)

    • Prathik Nair

      if it reached space then the difference between wind power and free falling speed would battle each other causing the ipad to go even faster. It should have froze on the way up, but on the way down it should have burned..a lot…so i find this pretty crazy

  • http://twitter.com/patchcable patchcable

    This is just marketing, a customer review after 12 months of usage would be more insightful.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XMKRXLJFLQUIYA3K7JB5TRYRME Brad

    The bar, and the popped balloon remains, and the flat spin it produced would slow descent somewhat. It certainly wouldn’t be going any faster than if they’d dropped it from, say two thousand feet, but it’s still a pretty cool demo.

    Notice how the footage from the balloon was way higher quality than whatever they used for the ground camera. Way to go GoPro!