Who invented the VELCRO® brand hook and loop? It all started with a burdock whose tiny seeds are wrapped in hundreds of "hooks" that naturally cling to the microscopic loops of fur, hair or clothing. Burdock was nothing more than a miracle of nature - until one day in 1941 when, on a hunting trip in the Alps, the paths of burdock, Swiss engineer George de Mestral and his dog crossed. Inspired by burdock's adhesive properties, de Mestral developed the world's first hook-and-loop fastener.
Originally, de Mestral only envisioned this fastener for use on clothing. Today, however, it is used in a wide range of applications, from healthcare to garden sheds and the military. Although each product of the VELCRO® brand is adapted to a specific task, the basic mechanism always remains the same. It's ultimately this: the VELCRO® brand solutions that keep your tablet stuck to the wall are based on the same principle as those used by NASA to keep plates in place in weightless space.