GiiNii AudioBulb
Alright, so check this out -- that thing above is both a 5W LED light bulb and a 10W wireless speaker. Around the edge is a ring of glowing diodes with a four-stage dimmer, while the center is a 2.25-inch driver that speaks to a dock via 2.4GHz wireless. The AudioBulb from GiiNii is a fairly unique way to kick out the jams anywhere in your abode and they disappear into practically any lamp. A basic setup of two bulbs, a dock and a remote will set you back a surprisingly steep $299, but you can add on up to six more bulbs for $99 a pop. Speaking of rooms and bulbs, you can configure the speakers to work in stereo pairs or in mono, and set up two zones with different volume levels.

The dock is a chintzy feeling piece of plastic with an integrated iPhone/iPod connector and around back you'll find an auxiliary jack for the non-Apple fans. The dock can connect to the speakers from up to 100 feet away, depending on the environment, and comes pre-paired with the bulbs in the box. Adding additional speakers requires just the push of a button on the base and bulb simultaneously to get the party started. It was tough to hear the tunes over the din in the hall at Pepcom's event, but we're confident it can't quite compare with the Play 3. They did, however, give off enough light to keep their little corner of the convention well lit. Check out the gallery below as well as the PR after the break.
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GiiNii AudioBulb hands-on

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New AudioBulb from GiiNii makes playing music wirelessly as easy as screwing in a light bulb

Innovative wireless music and LED lighting system supports iPods and iPhones and fits any standard light socket or lamp

NEW YORK – Sept. 14, 2011 – Today at Pepcom's Holiday Spectacular! New York – 2011, GiiNii International introduced AudioBulb, an innovative music and LED lighting system that lets users play music from iPods, iPhones and auxiliary input sources throughout their homes and offices without wires.

The patented AudioBulb system integrates an efficient LED light and a wireless speaker in a single light bulb that is controlled by a standalone base unit. It's as easy to set up as screwing in a light bulb. A pair of bulbs, provided in the standard package, play in stereo.

"AudioBulb solves the problem of easily playing music where you want by using something that can be found in every room: light sockets," said GiiNii Vice President Ryan Giordano. "Typical audio systems – wired or wireless – can be hard to use, expensive to install, complicated to expand to additional rooms and usually require speakers that seldom match a room's décor. AudioBulb's design combines the best of music systems, wireless technology and standard light sockets for a truly innovative, attractive wireless music solution."

AudioBulb requires no technical set-up, complex wires or custom installation. The bulbs fit into any standard Edison light or lamp socket, and users simply connect an audio source via the base unit's Apple 30-pin dock connector or auxiliary input. The transmitter's wireless technology accommodates up to eight AudioBulb bulbs which can be configured into two separate listening zones. Separate zones can be established for a single room or multiple rooms throughout a home. This makes it easy for users to play music at different volume levels and adjust the lighting in the separate zones, so while some listen to music, others can sleep in silence.

The LED bulbs only use 5 watts of energy and produce light suitable to replace up to a 60 watt incandescent bulb. They are rated for 30,000 hours or 10 years with normal usage, which is far more than standard incandescent or compact fluorescent light bulbs. When music is not desired, the bulbs function as standard lights with a four-stage dimmer.

The system has a maximum signal range of 50 to 100 feet depending on the environment. All AudioBulb music and light functions can be controlled through an included infrared remote.

AudioBulb Specifications
Maximum bulbs supported: 8 per base unit

Maximum audio zones: 2 per base unit

Bulb dimensions: 3.35 (L) x 3.35 (W) x 5.49 (H) inches / 85 (L) x 85 (W) x 139.5 (H) millimeters

Base dimensions: 6.16 (L) x 5.63 (W) x 1.45 (H) inches / 156.5 (L) x 143 )W) x 37 (H) millimeters

LED light: 5 watts high efficiency, replaces up to a 60 watt incandescent light equivalent

LED light lifespan: Up to 30,000 hours or 10 years (at a consumption rate of eight hours a day)

Dimmer: 4 stages

Minimum ceiling fixture width: 5 inches

Remote: Infrared

Audio input sources: Apple 30-pin doc connector, auxiliary in

Speaker driver: 2.25 inches

Speaker output: 10 watts per channel per bulb

Wireless frequency: 2.4 GHz

Maximum signal range: 50 to 100 feet (depending on environment)

Power requirement: 100-240VAC, 50-60Hz

Availability and Pricing
AudioBulb will be available in October with an MSRP of $299.99. It can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.com. Additional AudioBulb bulbs will be available to purchase for $99.99 per bulb at GiiNii's website and from other retailers.

Each AudioBulb package includes two bulbs, a standalone base unit, a remote control, a lamp harp to secure a shade on smaller lamps, a lamp reflector shield to redirect the light into a room instead of at the ceiling, an auxiliary in cable and a power cord. More information is available at www.giinii.com.

Units for media evaluation are available upon request. Please contact Nettie Shing at nshing@giinii.com or Glynis Gibson at glynis.gibson@gibsoncommunications.com.

About GiiNii International
GiiNii International brings The Next New to a broad array of consumer electronics products that are easy to use and easy to buy. Based in Pleasanton, Calif., GiiNii ensures a great customer experience by overseeing every step of the product creation process from original design all the way through factory quality assurance and by maintaining best-in-class, multilingual, U.S.-based customer support. For more information, visit www.giinii.com.

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