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Croatian start-up Juvo Home Friends attracted public attention last year when they came up with an idea of using modern technologies to help modern parents in everyday challenges.
The Juvo Home Friend, a team of young innovators, designed a toy to make things easier for parents in the period when their small children make their first steps and begin to explore things around them.
Matija Srbic, the initiator of the idea, and his colleagues Igor Armus, Stanko Krtalic Rusendic, Sara Bajlo, Viktor Viljevac, Ivor Turcin and Ivan Kunjasic came up with this innovative solution after watching an American advertisement in which a boy says that he will never learn to ride a bike, fly or get married because he lost his life in an accident in his home. After that, Matija Srbic did some research that led him to the fact that several million children were injured in their homes only in the United States.
The Juvo toy, which got its name after a Latin word ''juvo'' which means ''to protect, to guard, to help'', is a platform of smart sensors placed on key areas in a house ( kitchen, bathroom, balcony, stairs, and front door). In a case of an unplanned movement of a child, the system sends a signal via a mobile application to parents' bracelet to notify them about child's movement so they can go and check up on the child. At the same time, the Juvo plush toy with a speaker activates in order to distract the child by singing or by a previously recorded voice of the parents in order to give them time to get to their child.
At first, the Juvo toy will be manufactured in Croatia, however, the team does not hide their ambition to target the US market and American citizens due to their spacious houses and higher purchasing power. The product will also be available on the internet, whilst the application will be available for Android and iOS devices.
It is interesting to note that Microsoft chose the Croatian start-up as one of the teams with a promising idea for improving everyday life in the Microsoft ''Imagine Cup'' finals in Seattle last year.
In the future, these innovative sensors could be used for monitoring the elderly or those suffering from Alzheimer's.
Game of Thrones has released a new teaser video for the upcoming seventh season of the globally popular series.
The new teaser gives a little more insight into the penultimate season of Game of Thrones. The season was partly filmed in Dubrovnik, which acts as King’s Landing, with three of the main characters filming in the city for a few days.
Season seven will be released on the 16th of July this year.
Jamie Lannister in Dubrovnik filming for season seven
Considering the fact that the new tourist season is just around the corner, it is high time to think about the perfect destination for your summer holidays.
For those who have pets, especially dogs, we are sure that it would never occur to you to leave them behind to wander around the city while you enjoy your holidays somewhere on the beach.
However, it is not always an easy task to find a beach where dogs and other furry family members are welcome to enjoy refreshment in the sea.
To make things easier for you, here is the list of the TOP 10 beautiful in Croatia beaches that are dog friendly:
The Seagull beach (Plaza Galeb) at Duce near Omis in the Split-Dalmatia County
The Cypress beach (Plaza cempresa) at Bol on the island of Bol
The Kazela beach (Plaza Kazela) at Medulin, Istria
The Duboka Draga beach (Plaza Duboka Draga) at Lozice on the island of Vir in the Zadar County
The Kijac beach (Plaza Kijac) at Njivice on the island of Krk
The Simuni beach (Plaza Simuni) at Simuni on the island of Pag
The Mel beach (Plaza Mel) at Kampor on the island of Rab
The Stobrec beach (Plaza Stobrec) at Stobrec near Split
The Podvorska beach (Plaza Podvorska) in Crikvenica
The Lucina beach (Plaza Lucina) at Pasman on the island of Pasman
It certainly felt like summer had come early to Dubrovnik today, blazing sunshine and clear blue skies made for rising temperatures. At 3 o’clock this afternoon in Dubrovnik a mercury breaking 26.6 degrees was measured which is a new record temperature for the month of March in Dubrovnik.
The previous record was not only broken it was shattered, the warmest March day until now was on the 26th of March 1977 when temperatures hit 23 degrees.
And it wasn’t only Dubrovnik that was sunbathing today, a warm front with an unusually warm north wind brought high temperatures to the whole of Dalmatia. Split also had record breaking temperatures as midday saw thermometers rising to 24.1 degrees a new record for March.
The Dubrovnik Tourist Board is in the process of installing installed two new city clocks in Dubrovnik. The first one was put in place today in front of the Hotel Petka in Gruz, opposite the Port of Dubrovnik, and the second will be installed on the main traffic intersection into Dubrovnik by the end of next week.
The city clocks were completely funded by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the City of Dubrovnik and are placed in positions were knowing the time is important, near to the port, bus stops and traffic intersections.
According to a survey on product quality in Croatia, almost 83 percent of Croatian citizens believe that products intended for eastern European markets are of poorer quality than those sold in shops in western EU member countries.
Furthermore, more than 70 percent of Croatian citizens believe that in the eyes of large European corporations in Western Europe, they are still the second-class citizens.
In order to examine this situation, the Croatian MEP Biljana Borzan and the Croatian Food Agency will carry out a comparative analysis and testing of 27 seemingly identical products sold in Croatian and German supermarkets.
The project has three phases. The first phase has already defined the list of 22 food products and five cleaning and personal hygiene products such as Coca Cola, Pepsi, Nestea ice tea, Heineken beer, Rio Mare tuna, pasta Barilla, Ariel laundry detergent, Silan laundry softener, Domestos household cleaning products as well as Nivea and Colgate products.
In addition, these products will be sampled in Germany and Croatia for further chemical analysis in order to determine their quality.
The second phase includes the selection of adequate quality parameters such as basic raw materials, taste, smell, share of sweeteners etc. The third phase refers to data processing that will help compile a report.
‘’Sampling and part of the analysis will be conducted by the Andrija Stampar Teaching Institute in Zagreb, because this institute is recognized as the leading institute in Croatia and in the region’’, said Borzan.
Zvonimir Sostar, the director of the Andrija Stampar Teaching Institute emphasized, ‘’The safety and high quality of food is our priority, thus we do not want double standards when it comes to the quality of seemingly identical products in Croatia and countries of Western Europe. All the research will be carried out professionally, and the results will be transparently presented to the public’’.
Summer isn't even on the horizon, spring has only just begun, but already the swimming season in Dubrovnik has begun. The iconic Banje Beach with panoramic views over the Old City of Dubrovnik was just too tempting today for some tourists in the city. Temperatures touched 27 degrees today and a handful of sunbathers took full advantage.
And even thought the Adriatic Sea is only around 16 degrees it didn't seem to deter some brave swimmers from diving in. From coats to shorts and T-shirts, just a couple of months ago the whole region was gripped in a polar front with heavy snow and temperatures down to minus 15, what a difference a couple of months makes.
A raging forest fire is currently burning in the hills of Konavle. Thick smoke fills the air of the Konavle region, just south of Dubrovnik as pine trees and undergrowth burns.
The Konvale Fire Brigade is on the scene but as the fire broke out half way up the mountain side it will prove difficult to fight. So far the cause of the fire is unknown.
The fire is to the west of the popular tourist attraction Sokol Grad in a fairly uninhabited part of Konvale. According to the latest information the fire is under control and is almost extinguished.
Photos by Adriatic Images