PenReader handwriting recognition technology for in-car entertainment systems now allows drivers to write directly to a touch screen, thanks to Paragon Software Groupa leading developer of software for mobile phones and desktop computers.
Cross-platform tool supporting 42 languages
Paragon Software Group Announces the Launch of PenReader 9.0a new version of handwriting recognition technology that allows users to write with their fingertips directly on a handwriting-sensitive screen in any of the 42 supported languages.
The tool targets car manufacturers and can be directly integrated into in-car entertainment systems (devices offering navigation, entertainment and networking services in cars, trucks and buses).
Handwriting recognition technology enhances the Internet and multimedia experience of users in their vehicle
Handwriting recognition is a smarter and more secure way to enter information on the screen. It requires no special training or handwriting adjustments and provides results accurate to 97 %.
For some years now, German automaker Audi has been equipping its 2011 A8 and A6 models with on-board computers, integrating the vehicle's media player and navigation system, which support handwriting functions capable of entering information on the multimedia interface. The argument put forward by the manufacturer was that some users found it simpler to enter information manually rather than pressing buttons. Another car manufacturer, BMW, called its handwriting recognition functionality iDrive Touch. It allows users to write addresses and words with the touch of a fingertip.
PenReader technology has been around for 17 years and has proven its reliability to millions of mobile users around the world. Paragon Software developed its own handwriting recognition software PenReader for the very first PDAs as early as 1997.
In the following years, specific operations such as spell checking of recognition results and support for 42 languages were added to the PenReader engine, increasing the complexity, exposure and reliability of handwriting identification.
In 2007, Paragon Software released a full version of PenReader including attached character recognition.
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The software adapts to the user's handwriting style, so there is no need to adapt the handwriting or use complex symbols like those used with early handwriting recognition software. In addition, it can be easily configured to integrate completely with any operating system. The company recently launched the PenReader API as part of a software development kit specifically designed for device manufacturers.
PenReader supports 42 languages from all over the world and is available under license: http://www.handwriting-sdk.com/.
For more information: technology[at]penreader.com