If you've ever researched phone cases, you've probably seen dozens of drop tests demonstrating the phone armor in action. Usually the tests are from chest height. Looking to shake things up, G-Form decided to test their XRD foam-equipped Perimeter case by sending it up in a weather balloon and letting it fall from space. Repeat, from space. From over 100,000 feet.
The terrified iPad sees the curve of the Earth.
Pop goes the balloon, down goes the iPad and case.
The impact isn't soft, obviously, but the Poron XRD material—also found in some helmets and pads—dissipates the impact enough to keep the iPad alive.
It's faint (due to the bright sun), but you can see the iPad displaying a Disney logo. Success.
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Watch the whole thing in action. It's pretty impressive. And yes, it comes in black.
You want more? Here's a bowling ball being dropped on it from 12 feet.
Ethan Wolff-Mann is an editor at Supercompressor. He does not own an iPad, but if he did, he would have the good sense not to throw it out of weather balloons without this case.