Just a month after announcing changes to ML Kit, Google’s machine learning toolkit for mobile application development, that were designed to simplify the developer experience, Google is again adding new features. This week’s announcement is the addition of Digital Ink Recognition.
Digital Ink Recognition allows app developers to recognize and interpret stylus and touch inputs. This will allow applications to process users writing and drawing using the same technology that powers Google’s own Gboard handwriting recognition technology.
This new feature is designed to be implemented globally with support for 300+ languages and 25+ writing systems. The drawing recognition functionality is also quite robust, with the power to recognize myriad emojis and shapes. The Digital Ink Recognition API runs locally, so app developers can include the functionality in games that are intended to run offline.