Five Industries Benefitting from Handwriting Recognition Technology

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Education

From including computer classes in elementary, middle and high school curricula to Google's latest Google for Educators effort, the education space has gradually embraced technology in the classroom. With an increase in programs dedicated to providing classrooms with tablets, HWR technology is a powerful tool for educators looking to fully utilize their new batch of gadgets.

Using HWR technology, students can benefit from more than just the increased comprehension linked to taking handwritten notes. HWR technology is found in note taking, math and even music apps. For example, handwriting recognition tech can take your sloppy algebra equation, convert it into neat, digital text, and then crunch the numbers in a matter of seconds. Other uses include turning scrawled diagrams into digital documents, music composition and even streamlining the process of adding references to research papers by including highlight and search capabilities. As a result, HWR can benefit students ranging from a kindergartener learning letters and shapes to a graduate student composing a piece of music for his fine arts degree.

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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