Are there any projects out there working to add touch sensitivity to Grub2?

If not what touch libraries exist in Ubuntu 13.04 that may be a possible candidates to implement this after integrating?

Edit: March 14, 2013 @ 5:10PM PST

I have been searching hard and have found the following packages under Ubuntu 13.04:

I will be going through these and hopefully come up with a answer soon. If you are familiar with any of these libraries a reply would be beautiful. In my brief passing of each of these it seemed that tslib and pymt as they are not platform dependant like grub.

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I was able to ask Stephen Webb who currently leads the Unity Technical Team about touch input. I contacted him because he used to be the lead developer on the uTouch-geis package which was split into three different packages Frame, Geis, and Grail. These are the primary touch screen controls for 13.04 and he is also heavily involved in other multi-touch projects. I asked him about learning more about touch device input and my idea. Here is what he had to say:

I want to have Grub2 register a single tap event, no more (multi touch not needed-I think). Purpose would be to select from the boot menu.

You're going to have a challenge getting touch to work from boot loader code.

Many (but not all) touch input devices have device drivers that work to the Microsoft HID protocol. You'd need to replicate that driver technology into GRUB2, and then figure out how to map that into something GRUB2 would understand as input. Sounds like work.

Is there any resources you can lead me to that would help me understand how touch devices work?

That's complicated. There's a lot of different technologies, connected to the host in different ways, talking different protocols, delivering different data.

There's some good documentation here.

Are there any single tap libraries you can suggest or multi touch one? Do you have any other suggestions on how to move forward?

Well, in the Linux stack there's the firmware in the touch processor, which feeds data to the device driver in the kernel, which translates into the evdev protocol, which is read by the x.org driver and converted into the XI2 protocol, or if there's nothing looking for XI2 touch events, then converts that into an XI mouse event, and an X11 event gets sent to the client. All you have at the boot loader level is direct input from the touch processor.

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