Leading Companies Begin Their Ventures into the Metaverse and New Tech Innovations

Quantious Team
3 min readOct 29, 2021


Emerging Tech Roundup — October 29

The Quantious team’s top picks for timely trending news in the tech world.

This week in tech: Taqtile and Nokia introduce Manifest, Amazon offers a new way to receive packages, ‘TicketMint’ offers ticketing as a part of the Metaverse, Cisco introduces Webex Hologram, Chipotle moves into the Metaverse, Scientists begin research on communication with whales, and Mcdonald’s partners with IBM to automate drive-thrus.

Taqtile Partners with Nokia to Deliver AR-enabled Work Instruction Platform

(Yahoo! Finance, October 21)

Nokia is working with Taqtile to introduce Manifest, a platform that makes managing an enterprise easier. AR is incorporated into the tool to assist in manufacturing, employee training, day-to-day instructions, and improving the speed and accuracy of work. Manifest will be integrated with 5G networks, in addition to other high-performance technologies, and can enhance capabilities company-wide.

Amazon Launches In-store Pickup Option for Items from Local Businesses

(CNBC, October 21)

With Amazon’s newest launch, shoppers can skip the waiting period of receiving a package and pick it up directly from select retailers. The service will be offered at no additional cost and in some cases, will offer same-day pickup. On-site pickup can be bundled with other services, such as installation, and will help shoppers get their Amazon packages as quickly as possible.

‘TicketMint’ to Provide Real-world Entry into the Metaverse with NFT Ticketing

(EIN Presswire, October 24)

SmartLedger is partnering with Epik to offer NFT tickets for real-world and virtual events. With TicketMint, users can access virtual platform ‘Omniscape XR’ to design digital content, engage in a community, and make a profit from their creations. TicketMint’s built-in campaign creation and ticket referral system will allow users to receive Bitcoin payments for “helping spread the word.”

Holograms are Coming to Cisco Webex

(Tech Radar, October 26)

Cisco is making remote working more personal by offering holograms in Webex video conferencing. The holograms in video calls will enhance training capabilities and collaboration in businesses. Webex Hologram can be used with various AR headsets, including Magic Leap and Microsoft HoloLens.

Chipotle Expands to the Metaverse with a Roblox Halloween Burrito Giveaway

(Fast Company, October 26)

Chipotle is opening the first-ever restaurant on the Roblox platform, come Halloween 2021. Users can enter to win a real-world “boorito” coupon after completing Chipotle’s Roblox quest. The debut also includes a “Boorito Maze,” through which users can win avatar accessories.

Scientists are Working on an AI to Let Us Talk to Whales

(The Byte, October 27)

Scientists are rolling out “Project CETI (Cetacean Translation Initiative)” to eventually communicate with sperm whales. To reach this objective, researchers will be using natural-language processing (NLP) and artificial intelligence. Project CETI will require years of data to develop findings, but scientists hope that if we can communicate with whales, people will have more of an incentive to treat our oceans better.

McDonald’s Enters Strategic Partnership with IBM to Automate Drive-thru Lanes

(CNBC, October 27)

McDonald’s will be partnering with IBM to leverage their “AI-powered customer care solutions and voice recognition” in the process of automating drive-thru lanes. The automation was tested in Chicago restaurants and showed great success, building the anticipation for other stores. McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski hopes to better both the customer and employee experience with the new business venture.