The Washington Times - January 6, 2012, 12:16PM

Now that Citibank has popularized the weather balloon with its credit card commercial, the devices seem to be all the rage. Well, at least for the folks at G-Form, which makes Extreme Edge cases for the iPad and similar mobile items. Their trick: take an iPad, put it in a $44.95 protective case, hitch the device and some video cameras to a weather balloon, release said balloon and see what happens.

Result? A rather impressive, and at times, dizzying video:

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According to a news release from the firm, “Perhaps even more remarkable than the dramatic hi-def footage itself is the fact that the iPad survives the adventure, remaining fully functional.”

“As far as we know, this is the first iPad ever in space,” Thom Cafaro, G-Form’s VP innovations, said in the news release. “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,” he continued, “so we decided why not raise the bar to off the planet too.”

I’d like to check out the case myself, but I probably won’t repeat the whole weather balloon thing. Maybe a mechanical bull ride?