Google has just released a video which shows off the UI for its Glass projectā€”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 funā€”and actually pretty useful.

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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 editionā€”intended for developers and early adoptersā€”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]