By Linda Conner Lambeck
Connecticut Post, Bridgeport
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Entrepreneur Reem AlAttas is the creator of a bike helmet called “Rumble.” It is loaded with GPS tracking that can be activated by hand signals and includes an alert system to warn cyclists when traffic gets too close.
Reem AlAttas’ parents bought their only child a bicycle with the encouragement to explore new places.
“I felt free and powerful when the wind hit my face,” AlAttas recalls. “It felt like swimming against the current … strong and different.”
That she lived in Saudi Arabia where girls weren’t supposed to ride bikes perhaps contributed to that sensation.
Flash forward to present day where AlAttas, now 36, is a PhD candidate at the University of Bridgeport. Her focus is on computer Science and engineering but she took a class called New Products Commercialization where the assignment was to take a product from concept to market.
That is how Rumble was developed. Rumble is the name AlAttas gave the bike helmet she invented. It is loaded with GPS tracking that can be activated by hand signals and includes an alert system to warn cyclists when traffic gets too close.
The invention won top prize at a Shark Tank-like entrepreneur competition last month in Hamden. It has been patented and a prototype is being developed in China. If all goes well it could be on store shelves next year.
AlAttas has her fingers crossed. She is counting on any money made off Rumble to finance the robot she is building.
That is where her real passion lies.
“I am making a robot that will maybe go to the moon,” AlAttas said from the UB library.
Growing up, AlAttas wanted to be an astronaut.
When she wasn’t out bike riding on her family’s vacation compound in the mountains of Ta ‘if, she watched cartoons.