Google has just released a video which shows off the UI for its Glass project—and it looks kinda neat.

We've seen some similar videos before, but this one shows off far more about the device's functionality. On-lens directions (including ski runs!), voice-controlled messages, web searches, notifications, and even on-the-fly translation. This all looks kinda fun—and actually pretty useful.

While it's still not clear when an affordable pair of the glasses will become available, the video coincides with an update to Google's pre-order policy for the first iteration of the Glass headset. Initially a small number of the Explorer edition—intended for developers and early adopters—were offered at last year's Google I/O conference.

Now, the glasses will be available "creative individuals" via its #ifihadglass page, for same princely sum of $1,500. Google claims to be looking for "creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass." Or, perhaps it just wants to sell a few more pairs. [Google Glass]