I'm rather new to the electronics works, I'm a MechE technically. My mind is currently being blown by the world of RPi and the capabilities as I slowly work through them. I'm working on a project that utilizes 4 IMUs. The IMUs utilize an I2C protocol. I'd need to run cable at least 8ft (~3m) long to the RPi from the sensors. The Sensors and RPi will be in IP67 enclosures with cable glands. I would like to utilize the four USB capability of the RPi so here comes my questions.
Is I2C to USB a common thing or is it rare? If so why?
Is there a better route that I'm missing to communicate the sensor over long distance to the RPi?
Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated!