Velcro, that loud and noisy fastener, has it’s faults, but we still love it. Now, there’s a quiet version that may be coming to us soon. This new variation is made up of mushroom shapes that fit into each other, but they also don’t attach to things that you don’t want them attaching to. Developed initially using 3D printers, this tech could be with us sooner than you can imagine.

Velcro is great when you need to open stuff fast or with ease, but Velcro is not so great when you’re trying to discreetly open your shoulder bag to grab your headphones. Researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands have come up with a new design for Velcro, inspired by mushrooms, that doesn’t shred fabrics and is a lot quieter to tear apart.

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