(CNN) — It is a truth universally acknowledged that middle seats on airplanes are the worst.
Being awkwardly sandwiched in between two people while fighting for elbow room is the bane of most passengers. Now a new design might actually make people want the middle seat — or at least make the travel experience less miserable.
The S1 design from the Colorado-based startup, Molon Labe Seating, features three economy seats in a staggered layout, putting the middle seat slightly behind the aisle and window seats, and at a slightly lower height.
Sitting directly adjacent to two people means that passengers only have so much shoulder room. But moving the middle seat back a few inches allows for more space, so the company made the middle seat about three to five inches wider than the standard 18 inch seat.
“That little bit of stagger means that every single person gets to spread out a little more,” Hank Scott, the founder and CEO of Molon Labe Seating, told CNN.
Passengers won’t have to fight over elbow space either. The armrests are also built so that they are not a uniform height from front to back. They will allow the aisle and window passengers to rest their elbows on the front of the armrest while leaving space at the back, which is lower, for the middle passenger.
“No seats are any smaller, one seat ends up being wider, and we’ve solved the elbow wars,” Scott said.
The seats are intended for shorter, domestic flights, though the company is developing a version for longer flights that include more padding and larger TV screens.
So when can passengers test out these seats for themselves?
The seats were certified by the Federal Aviation Administration last month, and are being manufactured by Primus Aerospace in Colorado. Scott said that he expected they would be available on two airlines by April or May of 2020. Though he could not disclose which airlines would feature the seats, he said one of them is based in North America.
It’s not just passengers who will be happier with the new arrangement, Scott said. The seats are lighter than standard airline seats, which could help cut down on fuel costs.
“For an airline, it’s kind of a no-brainer,” he said.
The S1 seats won’t fix everything about flying — the seats don’t recline or offer any more legroom. And that’s not to mention the food, the chatty passengers, the inefficient boarding and de-boarding processes … and the list goes on.
“It’s still going to suck,” Scott said. “Now it’s going to suck less.”
(CBS DETROIT)– The National Weather Service of Detroit issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the evening in Wayne County.
Areas such as Taylor, Southgate, and Wyandotte will be affected. High winds and hail could potentially happen.
The National Weather Service Detroit announced the warning via social media.
[3:30pm] Strong to severe storms over Metro Detroit with new storms developing near Howell. Additional development expected this afternoon and evening. Keep an eye to the sky and be alert for rapidly changing conditions today. When thunder roars, go indoors! #miwxpic.twitter.com/Yj7vVsaUJ8
(CBS DETROIT)– The Highland Park Police and the FBI are looking to identify a slain woman found in an alleyway in 1996. They are seeking answers from the community.
Authorities are stating that the unidentified woman’s remains were found on May 20, 1996. She was found near a white shirt with yellow and black smiley faces, a white skirt, white socks, and black and white gym shoes. She is believed to have been 15-22 years of age and biracial. Also, she was about 5 foot, 3 inches tall and weighed around 190 pounds.
FBI agents have since released a sketch of the victim as well as a picture of a watch.
If you have any information regarding the identity of the victim, please call Highland Park Police at (313) 252-0050.
(CBS DETROIT)– 20-year old Miss Michigan World America Kathy Zhu had her state title taken from her due to the beauty pageant organization disliking 2017 and 2018 tweets of hers that they deemed insensitive and racist.
In her tweets, she spoke about black-on-black gun violence as well as a college event where a Muslim Student Association allegedly tried to force her to try on a hijab.
The Miss Michigan World America 2019 has since deleted their original announcement of her crowning. Zhu will no longer go on to represent Michigan in the Miss World America pageant in Las Vegas.
Despite the beauty pageant backlash, Zhu stands by her previous social media tweets.
I will not be taking any legal action against the organization, I think they have suffered enough negative publicity – especially because they wanted to decrown me due to not wanting bad publicity in the first place.
LANSING, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the following appointments to the Michigan State Board of Accountancy and the Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science Friday.
Michigan Board of Accountancy
David M. Barrons, of Rockford, is a certified public accountant and partner with Beene Garter LLP. Mr. Barrons is appointed to succeed Stephanie Bergeron, who resigned effective February 18, 2019, to represent certified public accountants who have practiced in this state for not less than five years, for a term expiring June 30, 2021.
Teressa R. Keena, of Ada, is a certified public accountant and senior manager for Hungerford Nichols CPAs and Advisors. Mrs. Keena is appointed to succeed Kathleen Post, whose term expired June 30, 2019, to represent certified public accountants who have practiced in this state for not less than five years, for a term expiring June 30, 2023.
Matthew X. Roling, of Detroit, is the chair of the Accounting Department at Wayne State University and entrepreneur-in-residence for TechTown Detroit. Mr. Roling is appointed to succeed Robert Clark, whose term expired June 30, 2019, to represent the general public for a term expiring June 30, 2023.
The Michigan State Board of Accountancy is responsible for the certification, licensure, and regulation of certified public accountants and public accounting firms.
These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science
Priscilla J. Mitchell, of Lansing, is the owner and master stylist of Sophisticated Stylez Hair and Nail Salon, Inc. Ms. Mitchell is appointed to succeed Stephen Linder, whose term expired June 30, 2019, to represent the general public for a term expiring June 30, 2023.
India A. Ramsey, of Detroit, is a licensed mortician and the funeral director for James H. Cole Home for Funerals. Ms. Ramsey is appointed to succeed Harold Rediske II, whose term expired June 30, 2019, to represent professionals for a term expiring June 30, 2023.
The Michigan Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science was created to license and regulate the practice of mortuary science and funeral establishments in Michigan. The Board works with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to oversee the practice of mortuary science licensees, residential trainees, and funeral homes.
These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Instagram is expanding a test to hide how many “likes” people’s posts receive as it tries to combat criticism that such counts hurt mental health and make people feel bad when comparing themselves to others.
The Facebook-owned photo-sharing service has been running the test in Canada since May. Now, Facebook said the test has been expanded to Ireland, Italy, Japan, Australia, Brazil and New Zealand.
Facebook typically tests new Facebook and Instagram features in smaller markets before bringing them to the U.S., if it ever does. The company would not comment on what it’s learned from the Canada test or if it has plans to expand it to the U.S. any time soon.
One group that may be affected is Instagram “influencers,” the major, minor or micro celebrities who use social media to market products and otherwise influence their hordes of followers. After all, if you post a photo and no one likes it, did you really post it?
People can still see how many people liked their own photos, but won’t see counts for other people’s posts. Rather, they could tap to see a list of all the accounts that liked the other posts, but would have to count the total manually. It’s a task few people would bother with. Likewise, though Instagram isn’t hiding the number of followers on an account, it still requires an extra tap or two to find that.
“It makes it hard to find who the influencers are,” said Ryan Hilton, a 27-year old Canadian who works in social media and has been part of the no-likes test for months. “It’s hard to know who to follow because everyone looks the same.”
Hilton, who has a personal account as well as one for his dog, the latter with more than 3,200 followers, added that he understands why Instagram is doing this. Hilton said his younger sister, who is in high school, is “obsessed” with likes.
“It’s mostly for the younger generation, people in high school and stuff,” he said. “There is a lot of pressure. If someone has 1,000 likes and someone has two likes, that probably makes them feel not very nice.”
While Hilton said the change will probably slow down the influencer world a little bit, he pointed out that a lot of young influencers now are using live videos, not static photos, to build their following. Here, likes are still visible.
Guy Avigdor, co-founder and chief operating officer of influencer marketing company Klear, said many marketers are also moving toward Story, Instagram’s disappearing video and photo feature.
“If anything, now is a time for the industry to adapt more adequate metrics for measuring influencer impact and reduce reliance on likes,” Avigdor said.
(CNN) — It’s come to this: There’s about to be an app for your baby’s diaper.
Pampers this week announced a line of smart diapers that it says will track a child’s urine — but not bowel movements — as well as sleep. Last year, rival Huggies debuted a similar concept in Korea, allowing parents to receive text alerts when a child has pooped.
The Lumi by Pampers line, which Pampers says has a waitlist ahead of its US launch this fall, includes an activity sensor that secures to a “landing” on the front of a baby’s diaper. It comes with a baby monitor and a 10-day supply of diapers. The sensor works with a corresponding app to log the kid’s pee and identify patterns. Additional packs of Lumi by Pamper diapers will be sold separately. Pricing has not been finalized.
The concept is part of the so-called Internet-of-Things movement, which allows consumers to track everything from who’s ringing their doorbell to what’s in their refrigerator and how well they’re brushing your teeth. The baby industry has recently been flooded with connected products, including connected onesies that double as sleep trackers and a robotic crib that’s supposed to help rock a baby to sleep.
Many pediatricians tell parents to keep track of how often they’re going to the bathroom, especially in those first few months after birth.
But parents don’t, strictly speaking, need an app to tell them when their baby has peed thanks to obvious ways to check — the baby’s cries, of course, and one can simply feel to see how wet the diaper is. And some diapers also offer lower-tech solutions: Pampers’ existing “Swaddler” line of diapers, for instance, feature a blue line that appears on the diaper when it’s wet.
Parents using the Lumi diapers will in theory not have to worry about checking any of that because they’ll get smartphone alerts. The app will display one of three diaper statuses: dry, wet, very wet.
“Parents didn’t ask for a poo or pee alarm; they wanted something more like the smart watches of today,” a Pampers spokesperson told CNN Business. “The activity sensor tracks baby’s sleep and since it’s there on the diaper, it can also track … if a diaper is wet.”
Like other connected products, smart diapers could have issues with security and privacy. Baby monitors can be susceptible to hackers, and any app that holds personal information could potentially expose that information either to hackers or to the app’s maker or its partners.
A Pampers spokesperson said the account information will include a baby’s name, gender, date of birth and a 24-hour archive of video from the monitor, plus a profile photo if the parents choose to use one.
“I do want to re-iterate that we take privacy and security very seriously,” the spokesperson said.” Only Lumi by Pampers account holders with their valid credentials will be able to access their baby’s data on the Lumi app.”
Experts say the concept could be helpful to some parents but that there are some tradeoffs.
“Undoubtedly, for those parents who are concerned about their newborn’s bathroom functions — to inform something like constipation or if a kid is hydrated enough when they’re sick — this data could be very useful over brief periods,” said David Anderson, senior director at the Child Mind Institute. “Not to mention that it may even be useful for potty-training parents.”
In addition, the sleep tracking feature could be especially helpful for parents who are sleep training their baby.
“But there’s that trade-off that happens with data and anxiety,” he said. “There may be behavior that is completely within an acceptable range, but an anxious parent is likely to find any deviations from reliable norms a cause for concern. So while data is generally good, we’re likely to see an increase in calls to pediatricians.”
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, president of the International Society for Infant Studies, agreed. “The more we have analytics on babies, the more we worry that it actually matters we’ve calculated this,” she said. “That creates a frenetic feeling when you’re a parent.”
For example, Hirsh-Pasek said a child might urinate more on a hot day because her water intake increased and a parent seeing only a change in pattern on an app might only see something that looked abnormal, and not the harmless reason for it.
Smart diapers could also make babies less self-reliant, she added. Children will sometimes tug at their diapers, for instance, an early form of communicating that it’s time for a change.
“We see this a lot with potty training — kids needs to learn how to control and recognize what’s happening to their body,” she said. “We don’t want our kids to grow up without knowing how to do this. Babies have a right to cry and let us know what’s going on.”
Hirsh-Pasek said she believes parents should focus on mastering how to understand their babies without the help of technology.
“I’m sure there will be even more digital products to analyze babies in the future, but the best thing you can do is cuddle, build a relationship and look in their eyes and see what they are trying to tell us — not what we are trying to tell them,” she said.
DETROIT, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) – What was once an area of vacant storefronts in the New Center area is now home to several small business including The Kitchen, by Cooking with Que, a place where vegans and meat eaters coexist.
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Owner Quiana “Que” Broden is on a mission to teach people how to “eat to live” and offer a variety of plant-based meals.
From “idea to open” as a Motor City Match Round 10 cash awardee of $60,000, Broden celebrated her years of hard work with a grand opening Friday including city officials, fellow entrepreneurs and her closest friends and family.
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Broden says her business started from a post-it note.
“I have to let you know anything you really think of, you can do it. You have to be really persistent and you have to go for it. Don’t wait for a hand out, put in the work,” said Broden.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said one of his favorite things to do is stop by grand openings for small businesses in the city. With the start of Motor City Match – which provides businesses with funding and tools to fuel the city’s entrepreneurial revolution – Duggan said since the beginning, the Detroit City Council has backed the idea to take vacant storefronts and “make them sites of dreams.”
“City Council backed this from day one. Que has had this dream for four years, it’s not easy to start a business or to expand a business. For four straight years she stuck with it, she went on Motor City Match, she lined up her finances, got her location and now we’re starting to see one storefront after another in areas across this city go from vacancy to vibrancy and Cooking With Que is going to be a great addition to this neighborhood,” said Duggan.
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Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones presented Broden with a Spirit of Detroit Award and City Council President Pro-Tempore Mary Sheffield welcomed her to District 5.
Placing her mark on the walls with green and orange ceramic tiles to display her favorite things, “kale and carrots,” Broden says the space was built from love.
“In our kitchen, you can’t come in here if you don’t have love in your heart that day. Everything here is healthy, we make it fresh for you every single day,” she said.
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Along with her business ventures, Broden is employing Detroit youth during the summer and also started an Eat To Live Foundation to bridge the gap on what’s missing in schools and teach children how to eat healthy.
“If we want them to be our next generation and we want them to thrive, we have to teach them while they’re young,” said Broden. “We created the Eat To Live Foundation to bring the inner city kids to The Kitchen. I want them to come to a nice place, I want them to know what a complete meal looks like and how to make it, so they can take that information back home to their parents.”
Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Kitchen offers smoothies, entrees and some of Broden’s favorites including vegan mac n cheez, sauteed kale and lavender lemonade.
(CBS DETROIT)— Detroit company Shinola, known for making watches and other luxury goods, is undergoing business restructure. As a result, they are laying off at least 30 employees.
The company employs about 600 employees as of now.
With the January opening of downtown Shinola Hotel, they are employing about 365 people.
Though they laid off workers, they helped employees secure other jobs.
The business restructure follows after the departure of President Jacques Paris last March. The company prides itself on maintaining its Detroit roots as a brand and looks forward to expanding their reach.
(CNN) — Consider this your official notice: The Hot Light is ON.
Friday marks Krispy Kreme’s 82nd birthday, but the octogenarian doughnut chain has no plans to retire.
To celebrate, it’s inviting everyone to stop in and pick up one dozen original glazed doughnuts for $1—with the purchase of any dozen doughnuts. Basically, you get 24 for the price of 12, plus a dollar.
But why on earth would anyone need to walk away with 24 fried, holey, creme-filled cakes of dough? Isn’t that just a sugar overload waiting to happen?
Maybe so. But consider the upsides:
You’ll be popular at the office. You’ll be everyone’s favorite coworker if you walk into work with two handfuls of doughnuts. Watch your colleagues fight over the last Boston creme—it’ll be worth the inevitable in-store wait.
They’re a ready-made dessert. A stack of doughnuts arranged in a cake shape easily replaces actually baking a cake, so stick some candles in ’em, snap a picture and watch your Instagram cred soar.
They’ll feed a ton of kids. If today’s your turn to be the designated snack provider for your kid’s sports team, look no further than Krispy Kreme. Chances are there will only be enough for every child to eat one, which leaves a few for you to enjoy from the bleachers.
You can wear them, if you don’t mind the sugar. Leave your wedding ring at home? Don’t fret. A holey doughnut can easily double as a fashion accessory should you need it, though you’ll leave your workspace a bit stickier than you found it. And unlike conventional metal wedding bands, these substitutes are edible.
Maybe you don’t have an excuse to score the extra dozen. Krispy Kreme wants your business anyway. It premiered a birthday cake special earlier this week, pumped full of batter and dipped in a pretty pink strawberry glaze.