This article was originally written by Chan Wern Shen on the old Lowyat.NET website.
G-Form, a company that specializes in device cases that are built to withstand extreme conditioning, did the whole Will it blend thing by marketing their products with a series of viral videos. But if 60 foot drops and baseball bat smashes seem like child’s play to you, then maybe G-Form’s latest video may catch your attention.
The video that’s posted on the Jan 5 showcases an Apple iPad 2 that’s encased in a G-Form case protector. But instead of climbing up a 20-floor building or dropping it off a plane, the G-Form guys go to the extreme and mount it on a weather balloon together with a Go Pro camera. Releasing it over the desert, the balloon supposedly climbs up to the 100,000 foot mark before exploding and sending the iPad crashing down to earth.
Amazingly, the iPad lands just over 70 feet away from where it was let off and no one gets hit on the head by it landing either. Oh, and the iPad still works too.
Now, there’s a lot of debate over the authenticity of this video with commenters bringing up questions over how it could possibly land so near from where it took off, and how the iPad it didn’t catch fire on its way down to earth, but we’re just too impressed by the idea behind the video to even bother about the details. If it is a real video, then well done G-Form, but if its a clever fake then our hats go off to you too. It did after all, gather a whopping 2.8 million hits in just over a week…
(Source: GFormLLC @ YouTube)