Handwriting recognition, LaTex and more!

A consistently popular post on this blog is that on online whiteboards. If I want to communicate mathematics online to answer a student query for example I find it quicker to use a graphics tablet and an online whiteboard.

I do keep an eye on various LaTex generators, one that has come to my attention is MyScript. In this demonstration, handwriting is turned into LaTex (one line at a time). The handwriting recognition is impressive and I found it easy using my graphics tablet to enter expressions accurately; see the quadratic formula below for example.


So you scribble an expression and it get turned into LaTex for you – it works:


But I must confess I was just as excited to note that we immediately see a graph where appropriate, powered by my favourite Desmos graphing calculator.

An easy-to-use LaTeX editor is Overleaf. The free model works for simple personal use.

4 comments on “Handwriting recognition, LaTex and more!

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  2. I use technology extensively …. but like many only what I know (obviously limited!!!). I think I need to use a graphics tablet as you suggest – I think I would find my explanations much more fluent using one. But what do I use ….. what is the best technology? which tablet? are there preferences or are they all about the same?
    Hope you can help me.

    • For my personal everyday use so I can use the tablet for handwriting, I have a Wacom Bamboo and that certainly works for me; you do need a bit of time up front to practise. I also appreciate the tablet when doing a lot of work on spreadsheets for example – I find the pen has a more natural feel as well as being more precise. I can’t really compare any other tablets as Wacom is all I have used.

      Look at this for example – I just couldn’t do that with a mouse!

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