Forgive me if some way to do this already exists...

For those of us with fat fingers (or the reduce drag radius patch,) it may be a little difficult to tap on the very bottom of the screen to bring up the notification area. Perhaps a Forward Swipe gesture would be useful to bring up your pending notifications, seeing as how a back gesture minimizes them.
I know a forward swipe is used in some applications, so perhaps this patch should only work in card view.
Thanks for the consideration!