June 22, 2005, 12:00 AM

New Shopzilla site lets visitors play with new technology

Comparison shopping site Shopzilla.com has set up a web site—zLabs.shopzilla.com—that will allow visitors to test new technology it has under development to improve online shopping.

Kurt Peters

Executive Editor

Comparison shopping site Shopzilla.com has set up a web site that will allow visitors to test new technology it has under development to improve online shopping. By showcasing new technology on the site-zLabs.shopzilla.com-Shopzilla says it hopes to get feedback from technologists, scientists and other interested parties before launching the technology officially.

“Feedback early in the development cycle is instrumental to building the best solutions,” says Henri Asseily, chief technology officer. “We look forward to hearing what our early adopters say and to working with the brightest engineering and scientific minds in the industry to tackle the challenging technical issues we face.”

The first research project featured on zLabs is Robozilla, a fully functioning version of Shopzilla in which all the clustering and alignment of products, prices and availability and images from various merchants is done automatically. Shopzilla invites visitors to “play around on Robozilla and let us know what you think.”

Feedback on Robozilla will go directly to those responsible for developing the products, Shopzilla says.

Shopzilla, formerly BizRate.com, has an index of more than 31 million products from more than 55,000 stores.

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