PlayStation Gaming on a Nook Touch (video)


The Nook Touch might be over a year old now, but thanks to the combination of Android OS, a decent hardware design, and an enthusiastic development community it is still the best 6" E-ink Android tablet on the market (in spite of the lack of sound).

Actually I'd call it the only 6" E-ink Android tablet, because while the Kindle Touch can be turned into a decent tablet  type device it runs a proprietary version of Linux, making it a little hard to develop apps. And the Sony Reader T1, while it looks very pretty, is limited by the amount of space to install Android apps.

Today's video shows a hacked Nook Touch running a PS1 emulator app. It's likely also running the fast refresh hack as well as other hacks.

BTW, if you're not impressed yet by the Nook Touch, watch this video. It shows the NT playing video at 20fps or higher. While the resolution isn't all that great and there's no sound, this is still an impressive accomplishment considering the Nook Touch was never intended to play video. This and most of the other great new abilities were added via software hacking, and that just goes to show the original hardware design was brilliant.

via Hackaday

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

9 Comments

  1. cookie1 September, 2012

    Providing a single English language dictionary makes it the crappiest ebook reader on the market in my opinion. And the ability to root and sideload apps on it is totally overrated, and adds little value to the average reader who would rather use their smartphone or tablet for running apps.

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    1. Mike Cane1 September, 2012

      The average reader isn’t everybody. What do you think accounted for all those NookColor sales? It wasn’t readers. It was rooters.

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      1. cookie1 September, 2012

        Fair point. I appreciate the value of rooting LCD devices, especially when Google Market is not provided, or you need root access for certain apps. I just don’t with e-ink devices.

        However, if I had a E-ink device that I could boot from a SD card to load a custom rom, then I would certainly have the card in the slot, for those rare times I needed to check email, or whatever, and I didn’t have a smartphone or tablet with me.

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      2. flyingtoastr2 September, 2012

        You’re way overestimating the size of the rooting community. The people who bought NOOK Colors were indeed, primarily, readers.

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  2. Mike Cane1 September, 2012

    Bah! There’s my problem. Searching for “Nook Touch” and not “Nook Simple Touch.” Feh

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  3. Thomas1 September, 2012

    That’s amazing. When I was looking at buying my first e-reader, one reason I went with a tablet with an LCD screen was because I thought that e-ink devices were slow to re-draw the page. I never imagined that you could run video on one.

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  4. namekuseijin4 September, 2012

    how many minutes would the battery endure playing videos like that?

    at 20fps I imagine it’d be like 20 page turns per second and thus, say, 11000/20 = 550 seconds / 60 = about 9 minutes?

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    1. Nate Hoffelder4 September, 2012

      It would last for several hours.

      Reply

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