iPod Touch survives test drop from 100,000 feet [Video]
By and large, cellphone cases have traditionally been designed to withstand drops from moderate heights, say several feet or more – certainly not from outer space. In their latest publicity stunt (a recent one being anÂ iPad test drop),Â accessories maker G-Form have once again attemptedÂ to see if an iPod Touch using their signature XTREME case (designed for the iPhone 5) can survive aÂ 100,000 foot free fall from the stratosphere.
Surprisingly, the iPod Touch is intact and even turns off after the long decent and impact – thanks in large part to what G-Form calls Reactive Protection Technologyâ„¢. Their newest Xtreme line features “revolutionary” 3-layer protective composite, which combines a tough polycarbonate outer shell, an inner RPT core, and a third shock-absorbing TPE layer.
Here are some numbers from the near-space drop:
- Flight distance: landed 41 miles from launch
- Launch site: Near Area 51 in Nevada Desert
- Maximum height: Over 100,000 feet
- Temperature Endured: -60 degrees
- Retrieval: Used GPS tracking device and helicopter
- Time from Launch to Landing: 1hour and 45 minutes
If your $5 iDevice case is starting to look a bit flimsy and doesn’t seem like it’ll survive an accidental (3-4 foot) drop, perhaps it’s time to upgrade to a more reliable one. Then again, I know of people who refuse to slap a case to cover up their sleek and sexy iPhone 5. Me? I still have my Otterbox Defender on my i5.
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