Whether you want to monitor your home around the clock or are just after the best oofer-doofer in the business, this could be the gadget for you...Japanese computing giant Fujitsu has announced the development of a multi-tasking robot for the home which can be controlled via mobile phone. The robot, named the Maron-1, is equipped with camera, remote control, surveillance equipment, telephone and timer. As such, Fujitsu predicts the robot might be used as a security guard for empty offices overnight or for observing patients in hospitals. Owners will be able to stay in touch with their robot via their mobile phone. At first only available to NTT DoCoMo customers, the Maron-1 will relay live footage from its camera to the screen of video-enabled phones. It will also receive commands remotely from the handset. The moveable camera, which can pan and tilt, and the in-built surveillance equipment mean the robot can monitor specific locations or perform a general sweep of a property. If it picks up any kind of intruder it can then sound an alarm and dial a pre-programmed number using its telephone function. However, it is also likely the compact, 5kg Maron-1 will appeal to collectors of 'boys toys'. For example, users will be able to programme the robot to control all manner of electrical appliances about the house. From the comfort of your armchair you could delegate control of your television, stereo or lights to your robot. It can even spare you the hassle of getting out of your chair to answer the phone. The Maron-1 can act as a hands-free speaker phone, which also offers pre-programmed number control. Fujitsu will unveil the Maron-1 at the Japan Robot Conference in Osaka next week.