We've said it before, and we'll say it again: compared to what it's capable of in other fields, Microsoft's Kinect is being wasted on video games. Especially when you consider it's helping these guys save lives.
A pair of researchers from the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University of Bern, Switzerland, rigged up a Kinect to control radiological images. That may sound slightly boring, but consider that it allows doctors to look at — and manipulate — the images while they're in theatre. With gloves on. And blood up to their elbows.
Previously this kind of work would have to be done by someone else, or later when a keyboard and mouse were handy, but with Kinect's motion-sensing capabilities and speech-recognition, doctors could theoretically use the peripheral as they're in the middle of operating on someone.
Microsoft Kinect 3D Camera for Hands-Free Radiologic Image Browsing [medGadget, thanks Shaun!]