Codemonkeys exhibiting the kindness of strangers? Why, yes, this is such a tale. When XDA Developers member verygreen came across the pleas of one user obsessed with attaching an external USB keyboard to an eReader, he did what any decent hacker would and created a workable solution. Using a loaned Nook Simple Touch, this self-styled Make-A-Wish Hack was able to patch Barnes & Noble’s existing kernel, which already supported USB host mode, and send commands over ADB to enable the connection. It’s not a foolproof workaround, though, as only low-power devices will function without additional juice and even so, at a great cost to the greyscale device’s battery life. Sure, this may not excite you much, but it’s certainly made for one very satisfied forum dweller out there in cyberland. After all, isn’t that what haxxors are for?
Nook Simple Touch gets USB host mode support via hack, plays nice with low-power devices (video)