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.
GiiNii AudioBulb hands-on
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Glynis Gibson at email@example.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.