I recently upgraded from the wooden kitchen chair I've used for years to a real swiveling office chair on wheels, so I'm a bit behind the curve on office chair innovations. When you spend the biggest part of your waking life sitting at a computer, what you sit on can make all the difference in your mood. Some of the gadgets developed to enhance your working comfort and health may be worth the added expense.

The Best Seat Cushion

This cushion has twelve air cells inside that inflate and deflate intermittently. The idea is that this will relieve pressure points and stimulate circulation in your butt and thighs. Yes, it's possible to  do the same thing by shifting your weight or changing position, but it sounds like it would give you a lovely massage. The Best Seat is powered by a rechargeable battery that will last 48 hours on a two-our charge. Get yours for $225 at Magellan (when they restock) or $299.99 at Hammacher-Schlemmer.

Suzukaze Seat Cushion

MFac.jpgThings can get hot under there. The Suzukaze seat cushion has a built-in air conditioner for your butt! The fan pushed 170 liters of air through the cushion per minute. It runs on 4 AA batteries, with an estimated energy cost of 5 cents a month if you use rechargeable batteries. There is also a car seat model available. Only $93 from the Japan Trend Shop.

Embody Office Chair

200_MFembody.jpgThis chair designed by Jeff Weber and the late Bill Stumpf shapes itself to your body. Seven different adjustments let you find the position that is most comfortable. The lower back has constant support, while the upper back conforms to your shape. The seat has four layers -suspension, coils, weight-supporting rings, and a cooling mesh. It's yours for $1,495.00 (or a bit more with some options) from Herman Miller. Shipping is free.

I'm still giddy from just having a comfy office chair. Still, one of these days I'm going to splurge a bit to make myself feel really pampered while working. Meanwhile, I'll keep buying lottery tickets.