Google Earth Skydiving: Extreme Sports for geeks

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Traditionally, nerds and extreme sports don’t mix all that well. Hit the surf and you’ll likely lose your national health spectacles, while it turns out that skateboarding is way more difficult than Tony Hawks on the PlayStation ever let on.

Un-aided skydiving for geeks therefore must sound like an utter death-wish. But not any more thanks to the clever folk over at Google Demo Slam!

Linking up a huge overhead projector to a zippy laptop running Google Earth, this band of Japanese teenagers get the rush of hurtling towards the Earth at breakneck speed without ever being more than 10 feet off the ground. There are even some big fans to give that gale-force wind effect.

Check it out in the video above.

Gerald Lynch