2016 Predictions: Three Industries Poised for Digital Ink Technology

Published: 6th January 2016

With 2016 officially under way, this year is shaping up to be an exciting one for digital ink and handwriting recognition (HWR) technology. We take a look at which industries are most likely to take advantage of, and benefit from, digital ink and HWR.


According to a recent report by analyst firm Frost & Sullivan, the handwriting recognition market in passenger cars continues to show success and is expected to see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30 percent by 2021.

Drivers today expect more than ever before from their vehicles, and this includes both a connected and safe driving experience. To keep drivers safe from staring at their phones or car consoles, many auto manufacturers have added voice recognition technology to their cars. Such technology isn’t always accurate. In fact, according to a study by J.D. Power, 63 percent of survey respondents reported that their voice recognition system didn’t understand or misinterpreted verbal commands.

A more accurate, yet still safe and convenient alternative to voice recognition is handwriting recognition technology. As automobile infotainment systems become increasingly common and sophisticated, HWR technology enables manufacturers and aftermarket vendors to meet the demand for these more advanced systems. MyScript supports superior human-machine interaction by enabling control of in-vehicle systems through handwriting input. Drivers can easily write characters or numerals, or gesture with their fingertips on a screen to find directions, check the weather, change music and more. The automotive industry is expected to become even more Internet-connected in the coming years, with several manufacturers releasing Wi-Fi enabled cars and experimenting with the idea of driverless smart cars. With new modes of connectivity, HWR technology ensures drivers can take advantage of such features without taking their eyes off the road.


Computers and technology such as tablets, smart boards, and other touchscreen devices, have become a staple in classrooms from pre-K through higher education. However, studies have shown that taking notes longhand helps people better learn and retain important information than typing notes on a computer. This is because with typing, it is easy for students (and others) to write down verbatim what they’re hearing, rather than processing and digesting the information.

HWR technology creates endless possibility to deliver a more engaging and effective educational experience. At its most basic, MyScript technology can make handwritten notes easier to search, edit, and share, revolutionizing note taking in class, studying for an exam, completing assignments, and collaborating on group projects. Not only can such technology be used for note taking, but it can also be used in collaboration with apps for specific subjects, such as number-crunching math equations and composing a piece in a music notation app.


Just as HWR technology helps students better retain information, it is also being put to use in the enterprise. Its application in the enterprise can be as simple as capturing key points and notes in a meeting to as complex as integration in mobile workforce solutions. HWR technology has a variety of benefits for organizations and professionals. More employees than ever before are using personal and work devices to capture and relay handwritten information. MyScript is both enabling and accelerating this trend, with best-in-class digital ink and HWR technology featured in top business devices, applications, and solutions.

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