Do cordless anti-static wristbands actually work? I'm starting to suspect that I might have fried a couple of chips with static electricity (got a new central air conditioner last month, and for the first time the humidity in my house is actually below 35% on a regular basis & I've been getting shocked just from petting my cat), so I'm shopping for something to solve the problem. Assuming they actually work, the cordless wristbands would be nearly ideal.
Alternatively, does anyone have an opinion about antistatic chair mats, or antistatic desk mats that are ALSO resistant to soldering iron damage? The chair mats seem like a convenient alternative, but it occurred to me that my DESK wouldn't be in contact with it, and there would be several layers of insulators between it and my body (shoes, clothes, plastic wheels on chair, etc).