Five Industries Benefitting from Handwriting Recognition Technology

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At first glance, the automotive industry might not seem like the most natural fit for handwriting recognition, however, carmakers – such as Audi and Mercedes - have utilized handwriting technology in dashboards since 2010. Voice recognition is currently getting a lot of attention from auto manufacturers but an August 2014 study by J.D. Power found that 63 percent of survey respondents reported that their voice-recognition system didn't understand or misinterpreted verbal commands.

This comes at a time when vehicle infotainment systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated. One technology that helps ensure a safe, enjoyable user experience is handwriting recognition capabilities. Digital handwriting solutions allow drivers to write characters or numerals, or simply gesture with their fingertips on vehicles' onboard computer screens instead of typing on a standard keyboard. This decreases mistakes and allows drivers to quickly accomplish important tasks, such as selecting a destination, making a telephone call or noting information. When vehicles are parked, drivers and passengers can even use handwriting for more complex tasks, such as capturing notes, surfing the Internet and searching media libraries. 

For most of our history, handwriting was the primary means of communicating and information organization. But for the sake of efficiency and time, mechanical and digital technology has slowly begun replacing traditional methods of handwriting. Though the benefits of these new technologies are apparent, the value of handwritten communication cannot be overlooked.

According to a 2014 study, conducted by Princeton and UCLA, students who take handwritten notes retain more information and perform better than students using laptops. Writing notes by hand requires people to reframe concepts in their own words. This reframing triggers parts of the brain that are not activated by typing lessons verbatim, facilitating increased comprehension. But educational institutions aren't the only ones who can benefit from a healthy dose of handwriting.

With the current data deluge and constant sense of urgency occurring in nearly every major industry, it is not reasonable for the world to revert to pen and paper. Fortunately, handwriting recognition (HWR) technology on tablets and other devices enables you to retain the cognitive benefits offered by handwriting without returning to the days of overflowing filing cabinets.

In this slideshow, MyScript, a provider of high-performance handwriting recognition and digital ink management technology, breaks down the five industries currently benefitting most from HWR technology.


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