Tim Van Wassenhove

Passionate geek, interested in Technology. Proud father of two

06 Mar 2008

Exploring alternative input: ActiveHome

A while ago i bought Media Centerkit for an euro or two. I wouldn’t recommend the product because it comes with crappy software. Anyway, i was only interested in playing with the hardware (RF Remote and USB Receiver) so i downloaded the ActiveHome Professional SDK. Once you install this you can add a reference to “ActiveHomeScript 1.0 Type Library” under the COM tab in Visual Studio. I wrote a little library so that i can consume the ActiveHomeClass.RecvAction in a Type-safe way

class diagram of activehome library

Here is some sample code that demonstrates how you can use the Notifier to receive Notifications

// register our eventhandler and tell the notifier to start raising events
Notifier.Instance.NotificationReceived += this.Instance_NotificationReceived;

private void Instance_NotificationReceived(object sender, NotificationReceivedEventArgs e)
	// for more complex logic i would recommend that you apply a Filter pattern...
	RadioFrequencyNotification rfNotification = e.Notification as RadioFrequencyNotification;
	if (rfNotification.IsKeyPressed)
		if (rfNotification.Command == RadioFrequencyCommand.Menu)
			this.RaiseToolStripMenuItemClicked(this.MenuClicked, EventArgs.Empty);

As always feel free to download the library and sample application: ActiveHome.zip