GVR Report cover Digital Pen Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Digital Pen Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Scanning, Handwriting), By Usage (PC, Tablet, Smartphone), By Application, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2022 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-3-68038-284-6
  • Number of Pages: 80
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Report Overview

The global digital pen market size was valued at USD 2.04 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.3% from 2022 to 2030. The growing need to digitize business in various sectors including banking, healthcare, education, and retail is expected to have a positive impact on market growth. It has been proved that digitization enhances productivity and helps in getting an edge over competitors. The outbreak of COVID-19 has significantly impacted the market share owing to a significant impact on prime market players. Conversely, the rise in demand for cheap digital pens and IoT-based smart applications, such as smartphone-based applications escalated the demand for digital pen solutions during the pandemic.

U.S. digital pen market size, by product, 2020 - 2030, (USD Million)

However, the lack of availability of a professional workforce due to partial and complete lockdown implemented by governments restrained the growth of the market.  On the contrary, the emerging economies significantly witnessed the need for a smart infrastructure solution that is expected to boost the digital pen market growth post-pandemic.

The use of digital pens in the animation industry has increased over the years and will continue to grow unhindered in the coming years. Companies are focusing on launching digital pens for students and professionals in the field of creative arts. For instance, Wacom Cintiq 16 was launched in January 2019 to assist students in digital sketching, illustration, and drawing. The product is embedded with Wacom's Pro Pen 2 technology. It has 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt, which makes it precise and accurate. Another important technology is built-in Electro-Magnetic Resonance (EMR), which eliminates the need for battery and recharge. Such innovations are estimated to boost product penetration and market growth in the forecast period.

The product is gaining significant traction across the globe owing to the rising adoption of e-learning sites and apps among students of all ages. E-educators have been striving to provide education through the online medium, thereby offering more convenience to the students as compared to the conventional offline education medium.

The conventional blackboard method has been proven to be inefficient as it provides low visibility of the written content. Therefore, the utilization of a digital pen as an alternative to chalks results in providing clarity of the content to the viewers. The points scribbled by these products are quickly turned from analog to digital mode, which is easier to read on the screen and quicker than most of the other transformation methods.

Implementation of supportive government policies on digitalization in emerging economies, including China and India, is expected to push the healthcare and BFSI sectors to use the digital pen as a tool for ensuring error-proof database collection. For instance, banking institutions are likely to rely on these objects as they convert manual data into digital formats, which makes it easier to keep the personal information and financial transactions of their customers. Additionally, the digital pen can be used to edit the stored data easily as and when required.

Product Insights

Handwriting pen accounted for a share of more than 70.0% in 2021. These products have been proven to be exceptionally beneficial in managing analog input systems. Additionally, the product is considered to be versatile, precise, and beneficial in various industries including healthcare, education, banking, and retail. The collaboration of various sensors in the device including IR cameras, pressure sensitivity, positional sensors, and accelerometers, has bestowed the product with enormous benefits. These products allow the users to record text, diagrams, drawings, and quick notes by transferring them to a computer.

The scanning pen is expected to register the fastest CAGR of 13.4% from 2022 to 2030 owing to its portability and simplified USB-based powering system. Scanning products have been made compatible with more than 40 languages and can recognize texts and numbers in different languages including English, German, Mandarin, Spanish, French, and Russian. These pens exhibit excellent compatibility with various tools including the most common Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Usage Insights

Under the usage section, tablets occupy the highest market of 58.6% as of 2021 and also projects the highest CAGR of 13.8%. Increasing growth in the commercial sector, particularly offices, as well as a rise in the number of colleges and universities, has heightened the trend of smart presentations and digital notes in day-to-day life. Most of these are done through laptops and desk computers, driving the uptake of digital pens in this usage segment. For instance, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), there were almost 3,982 degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the U.S. in 2019-2020. These large number of institutions favor the growth of the market.

Moreover, with rapid digitization, the modes of writing have changed in educational and leisurely settings, leading to an increasingly marginalized use of traditional pen and paper and subsequently boosting the adoption of PCs and laptops. Additionally, the rising popularity of pen and paper technologies in vertical markets such as healthcare and manufacturing, both of which make heavy use of standardized forms. These settings are fueling the adoption of digital pens for PCs and laptops.

End-user Insights

Healthcare accounted for the largest share of 23.1% in 2021. The product is widely accepted by the majority of hospitals and pharmacies. The industry has understood the value of electronic medical records concerning the patient’s safety and thus, adopted the product rapidly. This combination of electronic circuits, optical devices, and Bluetooth has revolutionized the process of digitization by simplifying the process of storing every single piece of information about the patients. Many products are modified to make them wireless for the convenience of free locomotion.

Global digital pen market share, by end user, 2021, (%)

The BFSI sector is expected to witness the fastest growth, of 14.5% owing to the rapidly changing environment of the sector to improve customer services. Furthermore, it helps in reducing the labor and time consumed in the process of moving the data from analog to digital versions. The majority of the banks have been rapidly adopting integrated solutions of tablets and digital pens. For instance, in July 2016, Citi bank Korea Inc. announced a completely paperless and convenient method for opening accounts. The customers can fill out the forms on their devices and can further submit their signatures via Wacom’s tablets and digital pens in the nearest branch.

Regional Insights

North America was the largest market, accounting for more than 37.0% share of the global revenue in 2021. The rapid adoption of the digital pen in countries such as the U.S. and Canada as a result of increased diffusion of digital technologies in the majority of businesses is a key factor driving the market. In addition, the majority of the leading manufacturers are U.S. based and thus the market in the region has been influenced by their strong presence.

The U.S. education sector has been boosting industry growth. The digital pen helps the students in taking notes and sharing them in the digital format easier. The advent of digital textbooks and notebooks has made the interface interactive. Many schools in the U.S. and Canada are adopting the system of e-exams and e-notes to improve the scenario of education, which is propelling the market growth consequentially.

Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing market, with a CAGR of 14.3% from 2021 to 2030. Countries including China and South Korea have been creating products that function similarly but are available to the common mass at an economical price, which has resulted in the growing popularity of the product. Furthermore, the device has gained significant traction in countries including Japan, India, and China, where the government is focusing on going completely digital, thereby leading to the growth of the market.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market is still in its nascent stage, where new entrants are launching products and other key players in the market are planning to launch their products due to the increasing popularity of these technologically advanced products across the globe.

  • In January 2022, Moto G Stylus (2022) has been launched as the company's latest model bundled with a stylus pen. The Moto G Stylus (2022) also includes a preloaded Moto Note app that lets you write notes using the bundled stylus, even without unlocking the phone. The stylus can also be used for capturing and editing screenshots using a pre-installed Screenshot Editor and drawing sketches on a preloaded Coloring Book app. The Moto G Stylus (2022) is also rated to deliver up to two days of battery life on a single charge.

  • For instance, in January 2021 Samsung introduced the S Pen Pro - a pencil-sized larger model of the S Pen that is more comfortable to use and hold. This works with Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5Glink Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is the first Galaxy S series handset to offer stylus support. This phone does not come with a stylus slot, but an S Pen can be bought separately for use on the display.

  • In April 2020, Doxper has announced the release of a new product called "AI-powered digital pen and encoded paper solution." The new product will help doctors digitize their patient records. Furthermore, the solution can be quickly deployed at all COVID-19 screening and testing facilities, ensuring that real-time, accurate data is digitized and updated in real-time.

Some of the key players operating in the digital pen market include:

  • IRIS S.A.,

  • Lucidia Inc.,

  • Kent Displays,

  • Wacom Co., Ltd.,

  • ACECAD Digital Corp.,

  • NeoLAB Convergence Lab,

  • Livescribe Inc.,

  • Moleskine S.p.A.,

  • Apple Inc.,

  • Microsoft Inc.

Digital Pen Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2022

USD 2.29 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 6.29 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 13.3% from 2022 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2017 - 2020

Forecast period

2022 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2022 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product, usage, end users, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America and Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; UK; Germany; China; India; Japan; Brazil

Key companies profiled

IRIS S.A.; Lucidia Inc.; Kent Displays; Wacom Co., Ltd.; ACECAD Digital Corp.; NeoLAB Convergence Lab; Livescribe Inc.; Moleskine S.p.A.; Apple Inc.; Microsoft Inc.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis on the latest trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segment from 2017 to 2030. For the study, Grand View Research has segmented the global digital pen market based on product, usage, end-users, and region.

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • Scanning Pen

    • Handwriting Pen

  • Usage Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • PC

    • Tablet

    • Smartphone

  • End-users Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • BFSI

    • Healthcare

    • Government

    • Media & Entertainment

    • Education

    • Retail

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

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