@Reinhardt: Your idea sounds good a first look, but are you sure our laptop is really grounded? Many laptop PSUs I have seen have only a two pin power plug, no protective earth pin.
If you read the comments below starting from the beginning, you'll see that my suggestion "crashed and burned" for thsi very reason -- it would work with a tower computer with a 3-pin plug and a grounded power supply, but that's not what I've got.
However someone offered a really good solution -- use a power strip with some banana plug to ground adapters, then oplug the banana plugs on the strap & mat inrto ths strip.
@seaEE I think what everyone's waiting for is Wireless ESD.
Also wireless oscilloscope probes. No cables hanging everywhere to trip over. Maybe we could kickstart and get some suckers er, investors interested in both. Product launch scheduled for next April first.
I think what everyone's waiting for is Wireless ESD. This would be a wireless method (no wrist or footstrap), of discharging ESD via one of the wireless consortiums that will allow the ESD we build up to power our phone to tablet. That would be a shocking development!