Apple iPad owners know that their device can do nearly everything; from sending email to browsing the Internet to using it to deliver a speech. But can it survive when dropped from space?
A Rhode Island company called G-form
designed a protective electronics case. To test its durability, they wrapped the iPad with its six-ounce protective Extreme Edge case
and sent it 100,000 feet (30,480 meters) into the air on a weather balloon.
Once it reached the stratosphere, it made its way back down to Earth at a rocky Nevada hillside. The video showed that the iPad was perfectly intact and was still able to function – even play movies, according to one company executive.
“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,” said G-Form vice president of innovation, Thom Cafaro, in a statement released last week. “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.”
The YouTube video titled "iPad Survives 100,000+ Foot Fall From Space Near Area 51"
has generated more than two million views since Thursday with more than 4,000 likes and nearly 3,000 dislikes.
There are people who criticized the video and questioned the authenticity of the experiment.
“Goes up to 100,000 feet and it lands 70 feet away. Suuure... Can this be any more fake than this?” wrote one YouTube user.
“[It’s] like -40 degrees at 100'000ft, cushioned by tracker on the back used to make sure it didn't land on the screen, the camera and the tracker survived the temperature and massive impact too,” wrote another YouTube user. PLUS the risk of it falling to earth and hitting someone was ignored. It would have stopped working for sure!!!! This video just has too much to doubt!!”
The company has performed other experiments with the iPad before to prove the product’s robustness. One video
showed individuals playing Frisbee with the iPad, while another showed the tablet being thrown from a speeding car
The iPad isn’t the first Apple product to reach space. Last year, Russia added two tablets into its cargo when it was launched to the International Space Station. iPhone 4 devices were also sent into space last year as part of an experiment. Astronauts have used the iPods in the past during shuttle missions.