"Man-machine interaction is usually limited to a seated man poking at a machine with his fingers...I was dissatisfied with such a restricted dialogue and embarked on research exploring more interesting ways for men and machines to relate"
- Myron Krueger
Myron Krueger is considered one of the first generation virtual and/or augmented reality researchers because of his early interactive works. What we think of today, often known as the "goggles and gloves" archetype of virtual reality is not the kind of virtual reality Krueger was interested in exploring. He tended to favor the "art of interactivity" over art that just so happens to be interactive. He was particularly interested in creating projects that focused on the interaction between humans and computers, especially on the ways the person could interact with the media.
While working on his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin he partnered with Dan Sandin, Jerry Erdman, and Richard Venezky on a computer controlled environment called "Glowflow." He then went on to develop "Metaplay," an installation where an artist could interact with participants through a computer and projected images. Following this, he created "Psychic Space," which he described as both an instrument for musical expression and a richly composed, interactive, visual experience". A later project of his, "Videoplace," received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and had a two-way exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum in 1975. He later used the hardware from "Videoplace" on another piece titled "Small Planet."