Online Product Selectors

20 Oct 2004 - 1:25pm
9 years ago
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Mitchell Gass
2004

[Apologies for cross-postings]

I'm looking for examples of web-based tools that help people find the right
product. I'd like to see the range of what's out there, anything from entry
of a few parameters to AI. I'm especially interested in any that gracefully
handle lots of parameters or that deal with more than just product
specifications.

Here are some I've looked at:

- http://www.mbusa.com/brand/index.jsp [click Model Selector in the left
navigation bar]

- http://www.nokiausa.com/phones/find_phone

- http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/browse
- http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/find/advanced/ [not product selectors,
but they have an interesting approach for narrowing down the possible choices]

- http://www.kelkoo.co.uk/ [try a product category you're familiar with to
see how it works]

- http://www.kbhomes.com/ [has dropdown menus for specifying
characteristics of homes]

- http://www.behr.com/behrx/workbook/index.jsp

Thanks!

Mitchell Gass
uLab | PDA: Learning from Users | Designing with Users
Berkeley, CA 94707 USA
+1 510 525-6864 voice
+1 510 525-4246 fax
http://www.participatorydesign.com/

Comments

20 Oct 2004 - 4:16pm
Marko Hurst
2004

Mitchell wrote:
> I'm looking for examples of web-based tools that help people find the right
product. I'd like to see the range of what's out there, anything from entry
of a few parameters to AI. I'm especially interested in any that gracefully
handle lots of parameters or that deal with more than just product
specifications.

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Try www.GlobalSpec.com. They list company & product specs, I know you'd prefer others, but c'est la vie. Not the best site, but when you get to your search results, on the left side is a column "Filter The List...", each label listed has a set of parameters associated to it. The trick is finding it, but you didn't ask for usable. Did I mention you have to register to view your results? Don't know how soon you need your info, but a better example of this including usability & IA will launch its beta site in December: www.reedlink.com .

An interesting item of note for the geeks out there is how vast their database is in order to dynamically change the parameters for each product (over 250,000 products). Another interesting thing of note is because they use a parametric search (group of Boolean parameters: true / false values) all your results are 100% relevant. Google wishes they could boast that!!

Ciao,

Marko

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