NOOK Touch Hack Provides Multi-touch Gesture to eReaders
Users of the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet who are craving for multi-touch gesture support are in for a treat.
The device, which can do fast screen refreshes and video playback, had not been able to support multi-touch gesture detection until recently. This is despite the fact that it has the same screen technology as the Amazon Kindle Touch and the Sony Reader, which offer the same support.
Now, thanks to a hack provided by a XDA forums members, users of the tablet and e-reader hybrid will now be able to enjoy the feature. The instructions require primarily a hacked Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet. However, the subsequent instructions are as easy to install as an update.
Users have to create a backup, change kernel, change the uImage with a provided one, add a permission node, then reboot. Developers have to edit the kernel and add the permission node by replacing zforce.c with two changes for reporting touch information and registration of device capability, compiling, and adding a permission node.
As always, however, those who wish to attempt the hack must know that should anything go wrong with the process, support would be difficult to get and may void some warranties on the device. As such, this hack is not recommended especially for those who are inexperienced.