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, 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 £1,000-odd. 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.

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