Five Industries Benefitting from Handwriting Recognition Technology

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As with all new technologies, widespread adoption is only possible once consumer demand can't be ignored. For handwriting recognition technology, that demand has been urged by the increase in devices that capitalize on it. For instance, HWR has been around for over a decade, but the devices that leverage it have finally reached a tipping point with more than two thirds of consumers owning a smartphone, tablet or touchscreen computer.

With the rapid success of tablets and smartphones, the market is desperately in need of an alternative to inaccurate, digital keyboards and HWR tech is the best remedy. Coupled with the emergence of the connected home and Internet of Things, the number of devices requiring versatile input methods is increasing exponentially. Whether it is within mobile applications, leveraged in your smart watch, included as an alternative to your smartphone keyboard, or integrated within the dashboard of your car, HWR technology is gaining momentum.

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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